*A group of 15 Senate Democrats is introducing legislation seeking restrictions on untraceable “ghost guns.” These are firearms made by using gun kits or 3D printing.
Some call them “80 percent guns” because they haven’t reached a level of manufacturing that meets the legal definition of a firearm. These weapons have no serial numbers, as compared to guns sold by federally licensed gun dealers. A federal background check is not required for anyone who buys a kit and builds such a weapon. Additionally, they can be sold by unlicensed dealers.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut leads several Senate Democrats — including Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York — who have proposed a bill that would require that all guns sold in the U.S. after Jan. 1, 2022, can be traced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Gun-kit manufacturers, distributors, sellers and buyers would come under the same federal regulations that govern the purchase or sale of completed firearms, including a requirement for serial numbers on all weapons and background checks for buyers of the kits.
The legislation is similar to a bill that Blumenthal offered unsuccessfully in 2018.
“60 Minutes” covered the rise of untraceable Ghost Guns in the below segment that aired last Sunday.