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Council votes to bust ‘ghost guns’ — pass bill to outlaw frames, receivers needed to create homemade pistols

2019-09-26

Equipment needed to create homemade “ghost guns” will be illegal in New York City under legislation passed by the Council on Wednesday.

Legislation from Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal would make possessing or disposing of the metallic unfinished frames and lower receivers a misdemeanor.

The state already outlawed selling, transporting or possessing 3-D-printed “ghost guns” earlier this year, but the Council’s legislation bans the metal available from online receivers that can be used to create firearms at home. Both kinds of weapons are called “ghost guns” because they don’t have serial numbers.

“Purchasing an unfinished receiver – which is essentially 80% of a gun – is a common method of creating a ‘ghost gun,’” Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) said before the measure passed. “From there, all it takes is a quick trip to a local hardware store or a one-minute Google search to find what you need to compete the firearm. These guns have no serial numbers, they are virtually untraceable by law enforcement.”

The NYPD told the Council earlier this summer that 67 ghost guns had been seized since the start of 2017, Rosenthal said.

Another bill passed by the Council Wednesday from Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-Queens) would require the police department to issue reports on how many homemade “ghost guns” and 3D-printed firearms are seized.