California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has joined with gun control advocates in filing a federal lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, demanding that the agency begin classifying unfinished frames and receivers as “firearms” under federal law, which would require that they be serialized and that buyers undergo background checks when purchasing them from retailers.
It’s the second such lawsuit to be filed in recent months, with Everytown for Gun Safety backing a similar challenge to the BATFE’s regulations by the mayors of Chicago; Columbia, South Carolina; Syracuse, New York; and San Jose, California. The lawsuit filed by Becerra is being supported by the anti-gun group Giffords, and the organization’s litigation director Hannah Shearer claims that the BATFE’s regulations are allowing criminals to bypass federal laws in order to illicitly build their own guns.
““If you can assemble Ikea furniture, you can definitely build a ghost gun,” said Shearer of the Giffords Law Center. “This has opened the biggest loophole you can imagine in our federal and state gun laws.”