Feb 10, 2021
Anyone can make a DIY ghost gun at home. That’s a huge threat to public safety.
If you can build IKEA furniture, you can build a ghost gun. These “do-it-yourself guns” are often assembled from kits easily purchased online—no background check required. This is a rapidly emerging threat that we must take seriously. Here’s why:
- Ghost guns are untraceable. Unlike a weapon made by a licensed manufacturer, ghost guns don’t have a serial number or other markings. That leaves law enforcement without a critical piece of information used to solve crimes.
- Ghost guns are largely unregulated. Under federal law, an “unfinished” ghost gun part is just a hunk of metal or plastic. But with a drill and a few hours spent watching how-to videos, you can assemble a fully functioning firearm in your basement.
- Criminals love ghost guns. Building a ghost gun circumvents our entire system of gun safety laws and regulations. That’s precisely why criminals, drug traffickers, and gangs are increasingly relying on them.
We’ve created this page and a downloadable factsheet to compile resources and expert analysis on ghost guns. We encourage you to dive deeper and learn more about this critical topic.
- Read our Ghost Guns report
- Visit our Ghost Guns landing page
- Download our Ghost Guns factsheet
- Read our Ghost Guns policy page
- Read our Ghost Guns blog post
THE LATEST ON GHOST GUNS
Updates on the issue from across the country.
Sep 29, 2020
Giffords Applauds New Legislation to Ban Machines Used to Build Dangerous, Untraceable, Unlicensed Weapons
Jul 02, 2020