Bryan Muehlberger, is Grace Ann's father, a Saugus High School student killed by a schoolmate in Santa Clarita, Southern California. Muehlberger says that he was unaware of "ghost guns" before the 2019 shooting incident. He's now part of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra's lawsuit against the federal government to ban "ghost guns."
"Anyone can make them, anyone can carry them, anyone can fire them," Becerra said.
AG Becerra's lawsuit wants the ATF to review the definition of a firearm to include parts for the production of DIY firearms. The lawsuit asks the ATF to change its definition of a firearm to include gun parts and kits.
“The only logical intended result of a ghost gun kit is that it will become a firearm,” Becerra said.
California, however, requires a serial for every homemade firearm. Unfortunately, the law failed to prevent the criminal from obtaining an untraceable firearm.
This is because felons do not follow the law, and adding more restrictions does not force them to comply. Criminals deliberately ignore the laws no matter how many more are put in place.
Many other states do not require any serials on DIY firearms. However, the abuse of "ghost guns" in those states is equal or even lower than in California.
Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), a Californian gun rights group notes that ATF’s decision to allow "ghost guns" is based on law and commonsense. The group president, Brandon Combs, calls the lawsuit "another outrageous example of Attorney General Becerra attacking law-abiding gun owners."
“Under Becerra’s utterly absurd interpretation of [the] law, flat pieces of metal at Home Depot would be treated as firearms and chunks of aluminum would be so-called ‘ghost guns’," Combs adds.
Chuck Michel, an attorney for California Rifle and Pistol Association, also noted that Becerra’s approach was alarming.
"All that does is turn a bunch of people into accidental criminals."
Americans have the right to create "ghost guns." At the end of the day, killing or robbing someone is still against the law. Additionally, making laws against owning inanimate objects does nothing to deter crime. Criminals always find ways to circumvent such laws.
California is proof of this fact. Having strict gun laws, including requiring serials on DIY firearms, background checks, among others, did not deter the criminal from making one and killing someone.
And honestly, there's nothing the state can do if someone is going to create a firearm in secret. There's no way for them to regulate this.
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