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Report: ‘Ghost Gun’ Sales Surge During Pandemic

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“Ghost guns" shown at the San Francisco Police Department headquarters. For a few hundred dollars and some tools, you can make your own rifle or handgun. It's legal and can be done without leaving anything behind for the government to trace. ";

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.

Davis Dunavin loves telling stories, whether on the radio or around the campfire. He started in Missouri and ended up in Connecticut, which, he'd like to point out, is the same geographic trajectory taken by Mark Twain.
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