Sen. Gillibrand announces legislation in effort to ban ghost guns

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced new legislation Wednesday aimed at banning ghost guns.

Ghost guns are 3D printed firearms that don’t have a serial number.

Because they are made out of plastic, ghost guns can also bypass metal detectors.

State Police seized 85% more ghost guns in 2022 than they did in 2021, said Gillibrand, who added something needs to be done to ensure these weapons don’t fall into the wrong hands.

“Those who shouldn’t have a gun also shouldn’t be able to print one,” said Gillibrand. “By cracking down on the blueprints as well as the guns themselves, we can limit the general availability of ghost guns and make it more difficult for dangerous individuals to get their hands on them.”

Ghost guns should not even be created in the first place, said Gillibrand.

She also mentioned that there are a number of online tutorials that anyone could access if they wanted to print one.

The “3D Printed Gun and Safety Act” was first introduced by Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey.