San Diego federal judge denies effort to stall ghost-gun ban

San Diego federal judge denies effort to stall ghost-gun ban

(Nelvin C. Cepeda/The San Diego Union-Tribune) San Diego Police Capt. Matt Novak points out a ghost rifle that was recently confiscated in this July 14, 2021, photo. Gun groups had asked for a preliminary injunction before law takes effect Saturday A San Diego federal judge on Wednesday denied gun owners’ request for a preliminary injunction against a city ban on ghost guns — just days before the law is set to go into effect. U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant found the city of San Diego ordinance — which makes it illegal to buy and sell gun parts that lack serial numbers and thus cannot be traced by law enforcement — does not “severely burden Second Amendment-protected conduct, but merely regulates it.” The law will become enforceable on Saturday, as scheduled. Ghost guns often come in build-it-yourself prepackaged kits that include unfinished lower receivers or frames, which aren’t considered firearms under federal law and don’t include serial numbers. Completed weapons can be constructed with ease and have become popular with gun enthusiasts but also criminals who aren’t allowed to legally purchase firearms. The Eliminate Non-serialized Untraceable Firearm, or E.N.U.F., ordinance, signed Sept. 23 by Mayor Todd Gloria, comes as police seizures of ghost guns, many of them linked to violent crime, have spiked in the past couple years. The lawsuit was filed soon after by individual gun owners, as well as gun-rights groups, who said they owned unfinished receivers or frames with the intent to build California-legal AR-15-style rifles for […]

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