CHICAGO (SCS) — There’s a new push to get ‘ghost guns’ off the streets of Illinois.
Ghost guns can be made at home from kits purchased on the Internet. They don’t have a serial number, can’t be traced, and people can buy them without background checks.
State Representative Kam Buckner is working on new legislation that would make it illegal to transfer, purchase, manufacture, and possess ghost weapons.
The head of the Gun Violence Prevention Pac said tougher laws were needed.
“Gun violence is a public health crisis, and we’ve seen those numbers skyrocket. And those record rates could be pushed even further if we don’t make ghost guns illegal,” said Kathleen Sances.
The numbers show that ghost guns are a growing problem in the United States. Chicago police confiscated 455 of them in 2021; this is more than double the number reported in New York. More than 40% of guns recovered by ATF officers in California in 2020 were ghost guns.
Under the Illinois bill, a first offense would be a misdemeanor and subsequent offenses would be felonies.
On Monday, Buckner will hold a press conference to give more details about the bill.