CBS News Frets Over ‘Fire Sale’ of So-Called ‘Ghost Guns’ By: S.H. Blannelberry


CBS News is pumping out the fear porn this week over a supposed “fire sale” of so-called “ghost guns” as the Biden restrictions on homemade firearms are set to kick in next week, on Aug. 24.

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After Wednesday, purchasers of certain gun parts and kits will need to undergo a background check and all homemade firearms will have to be serialized.

Supporters of the new rules believe they will make it harder for bad guys to obtain firearms.

“For the end user, if you’re a responsible gun owner who wants to make their own weapons, you’re not going to have any effect – no change, really. It’s just going to make it the same process you’d go through to buy a finished gun,” David Pucino, the Deputy Chief Counsel at Giffords Law Center, told CBS News.

“However, if you’re a criminal actor, somebody who’s trying to skirt those laws, you’re not going to be able to anymore because you’re not going to be able to get sourcing for the parts used to make these ghost guns,” he added.

Unless, of course, that criminal actor uses a straw purchaser or buys them on the black market or steals them from a family member, or borrows them from a friend — which is overwhelmingly how criminals source fully finished firearms.

The truth is that the majority of violent criminals in this country right now have no problem sourcing fully finished firearms, let alone gun parts. These new restrictions will not keep bad guys from getting guns.

As Erich Pratt, Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, noted in a recent article on the subject, “The White House claims that serializing firearms is necessary to stop criminals, but in reality, there is no evidence that registering firearms — or stamping them with serial numbers — prevents crime.”

“Virtually every gun used in a crime already has a serial number,” Pratt continued.

Additionally, while the proliferation of homemade firearms at crime scenes has increased over the past few years, they are still fairly uncommon. As Pratt pointed out:

According to the Department of Justice, privately made firearms were found at 692 homicide or attempted homicide crime scenes over a six-year period. That means that, at worst, out of more than 16,000 yearly murders, homemade guns are used in around 115 homicides per year. That’s far fewer murders than many common items which are easily found around one’s house — such as knives (1,476), hammers or blunt objects (397), or fists and feet (600).

It’s also worth noting that the term “ghost gun” can be used to describe commercially produced firearms that have had the serial number scraped off. So, not all “ghost guns” recovered at crime scenes were built from gun parts and kits.

The bottom line is that the panic over so-called “ghost guns” is unwarranted. And, these new regulations will be entirely ineffectual — save for the fact that they will have a negative impact on lawful gun owners.

As do-it-yourselfer “Bob” told CBS News, “The laws are going to discourage a lot of people like me who like to make sure everything is above board. They’re going to be discouraging people from going out and participating in this hobby.”