“Ghost Guns” are the new bogeyman for the gun control movement, and the Philadelphia Inquirer is telling a ghost story to readers about untraceable firearms “proliferating” in the city, where violent crime has been increasing over the last few years and District Attorney Larry Krasner’s light-on-crime approach is drawing increasing criticism.
According to Pennsylvania officials, a growing number of criminals are making firearms by milling 80% receivers, and the only way to stop them is to declare things that aren’t firearms to be firearms.
The situation is of growing concern to public officials, including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and state Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who point to mayhem from street crimes to mass shootings committed with the weapons.
“Now we face an emerging threat in communities across Pennsylvania, the threat of ghost guns,” Shapiro said in December when he and Wolf announced a policy that classified the largest component of ghost guns, the unfinished frames, as firearms. The policy also calls for background checks for buyers.
“These are… firearms that lurk beneath the shadows, often ending up in the hands of those who can’t legally buy a firearm on their own,” Shapiro added.