Report: ‘Ghost Gun’ Sales Surge During Pandemic
Gun control advocates say the sale of untraceable "ghost guns" has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic. A report released Thursday by the group Everytown for Gun Safety found more than a dozen online sellers of ghost guns reported exceptionally high demand due to the pandemic.
Ghost guns don’t have a serial number and are assembled with untraceable parts.
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut said that goes against the intention of prior gun control legislation.
“As technology has changed, it has meant that more and more guns are sold without background checks and more and more guns are sold without serial numbers. And one of those technology changes has been the proliferation of these ghost guns.”
The report says ghost guns are often bought by people who can’t legally own guns.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut said that has to stop.
“No person ought to have to fear the lethal violence that these untraceable firearms undoubtedly do in many, many instances.”
Blumenthal and Murphy are cosponsors of a bill that would ban the making and selling of untraceable firearms.