Authorities are expressing concern for what they say is a troubling trend regarding people’s acquisition of “ghost guns” which bypasses background checks. Law enforcement says gun buyers are doing so to build their own powerful military assault-style rifles and it’s perfectly legal.
“Ghost guns” have no serial numbers. Buyers won’t be required to provide their identification. There are also no background checks. And such guns can be conveniently built at home.
A man later identified as 43-year-old Kevin Janson Neal used a “ghost gun” in a deadly mass shooting recently. Neal killed his wife and four others while also causing injuries to 10 other people. He was prohibited from owning a gun based on past arrests. His sister said he suffered from mental illness and may have been a drug addict as well. Neal simply ordered gun parts on the internet and built a firearm himself. He did not need to pass background checks.
Building ghost guns are increasingly becoming the preferred path to gun ownership for felons and people with mental illnesses, and those who have been convicted of domestic violence.
The guns are supposed to be legal for as long as they are meant only for personal use. They are also a hit with gun enthusiasts and hobbyists, many of whom are responsible gun owners. The trouble is with the fact that such guns are untraceable.