NYC man arrested for making "ghost guns"

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Homemade guns are supposed to be the biggest scourge facing us today. It’s not inflation, it’s not having to mortgage your home to fill up your gas tank, it’s not needing to depend on electric cars that don’t actually do what you need them to do, it’s “ghost guns.”

We’ve seen this play out time and time again.

A recent arrest in New York City kind of illustrates the futility of the proposed solution to this scourge, namely banning the making of such weapons. Frankly, it’s never going to work.

Police announced the arrest of a Brooklyn man Wednesday, as well as the seizure of a 3-D printed gun and 3-D printed gun accessories.

Deonte Haynes, 30, was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a weapon, the NYPD announced during a press conference.

Investigators said Haynes was manufacturing 3-D personal firearms where ghost gun parts were ordered from online retailers. Ghost guns are weapons made at home that are untraceable since there is no serial number.

Oh, honey, if he’d included a serial number it would have still been untraceable simply because he wasn’t interested in selling them through lawful channels. Without that, a serial number is useless, much like how they’re useless on stolen guns except to return them to their lawful owners.

A serial number isn’t magic. It can’t make tracing happen by its mere existence, for crying out loud.

Haynes also reported made “high-capacity” magazines and auto-sears that will covert firearms to fully automatic.

None of which is legal in New York, it should be noted.

Then again, neither is printing firearms, yet here we are.

See, the problem with these kinds of laws is that people like Haynes (allegedly) are still going to do whatever and provide those products to criminals. Laws aren’t going to stop them.

But they do stop law-abiding citizens. It makes it so the lawful won’t do something that represents zero threat to anyone except the criminals while doing jack squat to the actual criminals themselves. Gun control policies like this don’t help folks like you and me, but they’re a boon to criminals.

So nice job, jackwagons.

Meanwhile, lawmakers who passed this nonsense continue to pat themselves on the back for “doing something,” even if the something they did is less than useless.

At the end of the day, banning so-called ghost guns hasn’t yielded the benefits proponents claim, mostly because you can’t really stop people from making guns. You never could. In the past, though, the skill and tooling needed were beyond what most people had easy access to.

Today, the process is far more simple. I can build a gun with something I can order off Amazon if I want.

So all the bans do is make it attractive to the criminally-minded to do it anyway for fun and profit.

“But we can restrict other products so they can’t build the guns!” someone will say, which is stupid because they’ve gotten guns themselves for decades before 3D printers were a thing and before 80 percent kits. Do you think serializing a barrel or something else will be a deterrent?