Common Sense Alert!
Senator Richard Blumenthal led 15 senators in introducing the “Untraceable Firearms Act.” Why is that important? The COVID–19 pandemic is sparking a demand for guns – in March, the FBI processed over 3.7 million firearm background checks — the highest number in over 20 years. I would call this a second pandemic.
What is of greatest concern to those of us concerned with sensible gun ownership is the manufacture and possession of “ghost guns.” These guns are made by an individual with online instruction, without serial numbers that make tracing possible. Currently, anyone who purchases a firearm at a gun store must go through a background check, but that represents only about 60% of gun sales. Nearly 40% of gun purchases are not checked because of a loophole for private, show or online purchases. These ghost gun kits are not required to be background checked either, making it easy for a person with a felony conviction or a history of domestic violence to skirt the law and obtain a dangerous weapon.
According to the May 14, 2020 issue of “The Hill,” Senator Blumenthal’s bill would address both the ghost gun components and the firearm. The legislation would require online kit manufacturers and distributors to have a license, put a serial number on the kit’s frame, and conduct a background check.
On November 19, 2019, a 16-year-old used a ghost gun at Sargus High School in California, killing two students and injuring five others. When students were interviewed, they said they were not surprised, saying this has become “the new normal.” As with mass shootings in schools around the country, students are under lockdown, texting families with messages expressing love and hopes for survival.
Students continue to be victimized by our gun culture. These vulnerable students cannot vote, and the “responsible” adults who should be looking out for them continue to pass on demanding responsible gun legislation.
We now find assault weapons proudly displayed in rallies to end the stay at home orders during the pandemic, and government business interrupted by unpunished death threats on public officials.
What can concerned citizens do? Contact your senators and representatives and urge passage of the “ghost gun” bill. Investigate “ghost gun” laws in your state, and push for legislation if there is none. Contact ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) and ask for immediate steps to regulate and monitor the surging sale of “ghost guns.”
Just write or call: ATF, 99 New York Ave. N.E., Washington, D.C, 20226, (202) 648-8430.
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