What a blatant pile of malarkey!
Once again, “investigative reporter” Jeff Rossen is fear-mongering about the firearms industry, this time with an incredibly dishonest article about so-called “ghost guns,” a hysterical term used to describe firearms made from gun parts kits sold both in retail stores and online.
A legal loophole means that anyone, including criminals, can order a so-called “ghost gun” off the web without a background check – a gun with no serial number that can’t be traced.
The guns are built from kits and arrive in pieces, so under existing law, when they’re shipped, they aren’t guns. When assembled by their buyers, they’re lethal – and legal.
Federal officials like Graham Barlowe, the resident agent in charge of the ATF’s Sacramento office, say the loophole is dangerous.
“People that could not pass a background check,” said Barlowe, “are purchasing these unfinished receiver kits and making firearms because they know that if they went to a gun store, they wouldn’t be able to pass a background check.”
Police say criminals are well aware of the availability of “ghost guns,” and they’ve been used in shootings across the country, from Maryland to California.
Jeff Rossen, NBC News national investigative correspondent, went online to see how easy it would be to order these gun kits. He quickly found dozens of websites offering the product, and ordered a rifle kit, which he had shipped to former ATF agent Rick Vasquez in Virginia.
All the parts needed to assemble a gun were in the box when it arrived. It took Vasquez a couple of hours to assemble the weapon.
“This is now a completed semi-automatic firearm,” said Vasquez, showing it to Rossen. Rossen noted that there was no serial number on the finished product, making it untraceable.
Said Vasquez, “That is correct … You cannot trace this firearm.” He and Rossen then took the weapon to a range and fired it, where in Vasquez’s expert opinion, it “work[ed] great.”
Here’s the thing: former ATF agent Rick Vasquez and Jeff Rossen are boldly and directly lying to the viewers/readers of NBC News. I know this from firsthand experience, as I’ve built semi-automatic firearms from the ground up, including AR-15s and an AKM.
You cannot buy “all the parts” for any firearm online and simply slap the pieces together to build a functioning firearm as they mislead viewers, and this is a very easy claim to debunk.
Every firearm made or imported into the United States has a part of the frame or receiver that the ATF recognizes as the actual firearm that carries the serial number. All the other pieces are just parts. It is these other pieces—barrels, stocks, handguards, sights, triggers, etc—that can be bought online or in retail stores as individual parts or in parts kits, but the receiver must either be purchased as a serialized firearm like a whole gun, or it must be manufactured from an incomplete piece of material into a functional firearm.
Full article: NBC News Spreads Fear, Lies With “Ghost Gun” Fake News
But… I thought this was a ghost gun….?!
Ya know, “30 magazine clip in half a second.”
These people can’t even keep their horse manure terms in order.
It is true that you can buy barrels and triggers and internal parts online, with no serial number, and have them sent to your home with no background check. But frames and receivers – which are necessary to make all those parts actually stick together and work – are classified by the ATF as firearms, are serialized, and require the same background checks and are subject to the same laws as any other gun. A barrel without a receiver is literally just a big metal tube.
And no… online gun stores will not send a gun to your home. Guess what? That was my job at the gun store! Yes, we had people try. And fail. Miserably. If you order a gun online, it must be sent to an FLL licensed store. The seller is going to require a copy of their FFL license for their records! No, they won’t accept a copy the buyer sends, and they won’t accept one sent by the buyer’s store at the request of the buyer. We call the store ourselves, talk to them for a few minutes, get that license, give them a copy of ours, and we check an online database supplied by the ATF to make sure that FFL license number is legit and current. Have a look for yourself. Once everything proves to be legit, the gun is sent to that FFL, where you go and pick it up by filling out a form 4473 and undergoing a background check or supply your permit.
Of course, you tell this to an anti-gunner and they tell you this is not how it works. Nothing you say to them is believed by them because, as anti-gunners with no experience in buying, selling, or using guns or running a gun business, they obviously know more than people who have experience with all of the above. Even if they couldn’t be bothered to Google the laws or read the information pages for online gun stores, and won’t even take the time to talk to an actual shop owner or gun owner. They want to roll with that “deep web” crime ring crap and assume that works everywhere and we’re all taking advantage, because it fits their narrative.