WASHINGTON, D.C. – New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D- NY) is sponsoring legislation targeting ghost guns.
The legislation would ban the online distribution of blueprints for 3D printing of guns in an attempt to help stop the spread of so-called “ghost guns”. Ghost guns are homemade guns that have no serial numbers, making them essentially untraceable and hard to regulate. Senator Gillibrand said pretty much anyone like felons, domestic abusers, even minors can go online and get these blueprints and instruction manuals without a background check. Gillibrand said they’re seeing a rise in the number of ghost guns in New York state as well as across the nation.
“By cracking down on the blueprints as well as the guns themselves you can limit the general availability of ghost guns and make it more difficult for dangerous individuals to get their hands on them,” said Sen. Gillibrand.
Gillibrand warns many of the 3D printed guns are made of plastic they can bypass metal detectors commonly used at courthouses, airports and other secured public areas.