Viewpoint: Policing gun violence could get even harder

The following editorial appeared in the New York Daily News: With shootings in New York City more than double and homicides 40 percent above their 2019 levels, the last thing we need is a new threat to police officers’ ability to stanch the flow of illegal guns, which is directly proportional to the flow of blood on our sidewalks. There are two such threats racing toward us. The first is the availability of untraceable, serial-number-free ghost guns like the one used outside an uptown bar early Monday morning, when a man shot four patrons before a New York Police Department sergeant managed to disable him. Ghost guns are assembled from parts bought online or milled or printed and then built at home from plans found online. The NYPD says it recovered about 150 of them last year, more than triple the number it seized in 2019 and nine times 2018’s total. So far in 2021, 135 have been recovered. Yikes. After the former President Donald Trump administration went wobbly, a vital proposed federal rule by President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice would update the definition of a firearm for the first time since 1968 to prohibit the purchase of such kits without a background check and better enable their tracking by law enforcement. Hurry it along, and get the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulating these killers, as well as cracking down on interstate gun trafficking. Meantime, in early November, the Supreme Court will hear oral argument […]

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