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New Jersey Police Take Down Ring Allegedly Trafficking 'Ghost Guns'

March 18, 2019 - 4:55 pm

TRENTON (WCBS 880) — New Jersey police have taken down a ring accused of trafficking untraceable “ghost guns.”

State Attorney General Gurbir Grewal made the announcement Monday, saying the bust is the first of its kind in New Jersey.

Authorities say a total of 12 men were arrested by only four were charged with gun trafficking. They are accused of trying to sell six “ghost gun” AR-15-style rifles for about twice the amount they are sold on the legal gun market.

“Ghost guns are guns that are assembled from kits, purchased online, they're not registered, they don't have serial numbers,” Grewal explained.

The untraceable guns were outlawed under a bill signed last November. It's a crime to build, possess or sell the guns, which are often created with 3D printers.

Investigators say two of the men were caught talking about the ban. They then allegedly shipped the gun parts to Pennsylvania.

The arrests stem from a South Jersey drug probe known as “Operation Stonewall.”

The four men face second and third-degree charges related to the unlawful possession and sale of assault rifles.