Apr 12, 2022

Tracing "Ghost Guns" Undermines Privacy Concerns

Ghost guns were used in less than one percent of homicides in the last five years.

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Background: President Joe Biden announced a nominee to lead the federal government in regulating “ghost guns.” Ghost guns are guns that can be assembled at home and don’t contain serial numbers, making them difficult for the federal government to track.

Why? According to Biden, ghost guns “are weapons of choice for many criminals. We're going to do everything we can to deprive them of that choice.” The administration believes new regulations on ghost guns will lower national homicide rates. The reality is different; ghost guns were used in less than one percent of homicides in the last five years. Tracking ghost guns will do little.

Gun privacy: Second Amendment advocates argue that mandating gun traceability abolishes gun privacy and constitutes a “search” of all private firearms, making them easier to seize. As with most regulations on the Second Amendment, restrictions will only impact law-abiding citizens.

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