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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is seeking public comments. Help us ban ghost guns by submitting a comment.

BAN GHOST GUNS

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Ghost guns are do-it-yourself firearms often made from kits bought online—no background check required.

Anyone can make an untraceable ghost gun at home, whether it’s an AR-15 assault rifle or a Glock-style pistol. They function identically and are just as lethal as traditional guns; the only difference is that you don’t need to pass a background check and ghost guns don’t have serial numbers, so they can’t be traced by law enforcement.

But because of a legal technicality, ghost gun parts and kits are not regulated in the same way as firearms. That’s why ghost guns are the go-to choice for illegal gun traffickers and violent criminals—and why they’re a rapidly growing threat to public safety. ATF is considering a rule to stem the tide of unregulated ghost guns, and we need demonstrate our support during the public comment period.

Here is a sample public comment to make it easy. Feel free to copy and paste this directly into the form above:

I support the rule on so-called “ghost guns” that has been proposed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and I urge ATF to finalize the rule as proposed and treat ghost guns the same as other guns.

Ghost guns are do-it-yourself firearms that can be acquired without a background check and lack serial numbers, so they cannot be traced by law enforcement. By selling the key components of firearms as intentionally unfinished rather than fully assembled firearms, ghost gun companies manage to skirt federal gun laws. Buyers who aren’t required to pass background checks can quickly and easily convert these unfinished parts into fully functional firearms using common household tools. 

As a result, nothing is stopping a person who is prohibited from possessing a firearm from making a ghost gun. Ghost guns are frequently moved by traffickers because they are easier to obtain and harder to track than traditional firearms, leading to more and more ghost guns being traded in the black market and used in criminal activity. Ghost guns have been used to shoot police officers, commit mass shootings, and murder children, and extremist groups are increasingly arming themselves with these dangerous weapons.

ATF’s proposed rule would change the definition of “firearm” to include components that are intentionally left unfinished. As a result, these parts could only be sold after a background check, and would have to be serialized. This would help stop the flow of these dangerous, untraceable weapons to people legally prohibited from possessing guns.

This is a commonsense solution to a critically important problem. I wholly support this rule and urge its immediate adoption.

BAN GHOST GUNS

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