2 Years After Parkland Shooting, NY Lawmakers Look To Eliminate Ghost Guns

Steve Burns
February 14, 2020 - 5:34 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — On the two-year anniversary of the Parkland school shooting, New York State lawmakers introduced legislation to close a loophole around a certain kind of untraceable firearm.

Senators Brad Hoylman and Anna Kaplan were joined by Assembly members Charles Lavine and Linda Rosenthal to introduced comprehensive legislation to curb the manufacturing of “ghost guns.”

The weapons do not have a serial number and cannot be traced by law enforcement – and many are assembled from parts easily purchased online.

This means convicted felons, domestic abusers and others who cannot legally own a firearm “can still purchase a ghost gun to be assembled at home.”

Hoylman says the weapons are the next frontier for those looking to evade gun laws, since they are assembled at home and do not require any background check.

“My legislation would ban the sale and possession of so-called ghost guns and ensure that law enforcement has the tools to track the manufacture and sales of all guns in the state of New York,” he said.

Hoylman says only licensed gunsmiths would be allowed to own and assemble the guns and they'd be required place serial numbers on any weapon that’s assembled.

“New York can step up and do our part. Hopefully, other states will do the same,” Hoylman said.

The dual bills introduced in the state Senate and Assembly are named for Scott J. Beigel, a New Yorker killed in the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and Jose Webster, a 16-year-old who was killed while walking with his girlfriend in the Bronx.