Tina Polsky, Christine Hunschofsky target ‘ghost guns’ ban in Florida

Tina Polsky, Christine Hunschofsky target ‘ghost guns’ ban in Florida

Legislation aimed at banning so-called “ghost guns” has landed in Tallahassee. Proponents say it’s a necessary update to the state’s firearm laws, but admit they face an “uphill battle” passing the proposed law. Democratic Sen. Tina Polsky of Boca Raton and Rep. Christine Hunschofsky filed twin bills ( SB 872 and HB 527 ) Monday to prohibit the sale of undetectable or untraceable firearms known as “ghost guns.” Such guns are built, sometimes using 3D printers, with unfinished frames or receivers, the serialized piece of a pistol or rifle containing the operating parts of the firing mechanism regulated under federal law. The receiver or frame portion of a gun, if unfinished even by a small fraction, is unregulated. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives doesn’t consider unfinished frames for handguns and receivers for long guns, including rifles, technically firearms because they cannot fire a projectile on their own. Florida has no law restricting untraceable firearms, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence . “It’s incredibly hard to get any gun legislation passed,” Polsky said during a virtual press conference announcing the bills. “The Republican refrain is, ‘Let’s just enforce the laws that we have and we wouldn’t have problems.’ … 10, 20 years ago, there was no such thing as ghost guns that were assembled, purchased on the internet or … at a gun show or something with no background checks. These guns weren’t contemplated in the current laws.” Ghost guns can be bought […]

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