President & Nevada assemblywoman taking aim at ‘ghost guns’

Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 6:26 PM PDT
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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - President Joe Biden today announced new executive actions to address gun violence, which he called a “blemish on the nation.”

The measures include efforts to restrict weapons known as “ghost guns”.which can be built using parts and instructions purchased online.

Meanwhile, in Carson City, a Las Vegas assemblywoman is taking aim at the same issue, introducing a bill, AB286, which would ban the sale of guns without serial numbers.

“I’ve always said that this is something that should be addressed on the federal level,” says Las Vegas Democrat Sandra Jauregui. “but I want to make sure that it’s happening here on our home turf.”

Like much else in the gun control debate--definitions can start arguments and they can matter. Ghost guns are no exceptions.

“Ghost guns is just something they want to put out there to make it look bad,” says Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler. “Since 1776, people have been making their own guns. They make them out of kits and that’s what this is.”

Whatever you call them these weapons are sold unassembled. As such, present Federal law views them as a collection of parts, not a working firearm. No serial numbers, no records, no background checks required.

Polymer 80, a company with 60 employees in Dayton makes the kits. They’re in Wheeler’s district.

“And either the executive order or AB289 would put them out of business, yes.”

Juaregui says sales of these guns have boomed and she thinks she knows why. “We need to make sure that people aren’t buying these guns to avoid background checks. It’s a big loophole and we need to close it.”

AB286 would also allow businesses to declare ‘gun-free zones’ prohibiting customers from bringing guns to their premises.

Jauregui speaks about the issue with a passion born of personal experience. She is a survivor of the largest mass shooting in U-S history, which claimed 58 lives left nearly 850 others wounded in 2017 at a Las Vegas music festival.

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