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City Council Considers Bill To Ban 'Ghost Guns' In New York

May 08, 2019 - 4:56 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The New York City Council is considering a bill that would make it illegal to own parts that can be used to assemble “ghost guns.”

The weapons do not have serial numbers, are impossible to trace and often assembled with material that can be purchased online.

“You can purchase online 80% of all of the parts that go into making a gun,” said City Councilmember Heather Rosenthal.

Owners of so-called “ghost guns” can also skirt background checks, presenting a significant threat to public safety, according to Rosenthal.

“It's absolutely something that we want to get out ahead of. We want to make sure that New York City is leading the way, as we have in so many other gun issues,” the councilwoman said.

She is co-sponsoring a big that would make it a misdemeanor to own an unfinished receiver – which is the metal frame that holds the parts to fire the homemade gun.

If someone is caught carrying the parts used to make the guns, they could face up to a year in prison.

New York State is also looking at similar legislation to make the weapons illegal statewide.

Currently, New Jersey and California are the only states that regulate “ghost guns.”