Cops seizure of drugs, guns had little to do with ghost guns

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The city of San Diego isn’t fond of so-called ghost guns.

In fairness, they’re far from alone. Many places don’t like them and have banned them to some degree or another.


However, a recent bust in the city is being credited to the city’s anti-ghost gun efforts. Yet, when you look at it, it’s kind of hard to see how they figure.

A three-month law enforcement operation aimed at reducing the number of unserialized “ghost guns” throughout San Diego led to the seizures of 165 firearms — including 82 ghost guns — and the prosecution of 29 people, officials announced Wednesday.

From February through May, nearly 90 separate law enforcement operations were conducted, leading both to the firearms seized and the recovery of large quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine, and cocaine, officials said.

The operation targeted individuals looking to sell ghost guns, including an active-duty Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton who allegedly sold 22 ghost guns to undercover federal agents and agreed to sell 10 more guns that he was told would be taken into Mexico, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

For all the “ghost gun” talk, though, fewer than half of the guns seized are unserialized firearms.

Further, the recovery of drugs seriously undermines any attempt to use this to justify “ghost gun” laws.


Guns and drugs don’t mix. We know this from a safety standpoint, of course, but legally they don’t, either. Unless your name is Hunter Biden, having guns and drugs is a felony. As such, you don’t need a law banning homemade firearms in order to have made this bust.

The drugs alone justified the arrests and the seizure of the guns in question.

Oh, and these drugs are illegal literally everywhere on the planet. If these putzes could get drugs, they could get guns even without someone building them in their garage. After all, guns are at least legal to some degree or another in almost every country on the planet, even if just for the very wealthy and connected.

So this idea that you can keep guns out of criminal hands is insane.

Especially when you think about how people blame homemade firearms for this issue, but fewer than half of the guns found were unserialized, homemade weapons. It sure looks like the bad guys didn’t have much trouble getting non-homemade guns, either. How did that not make it in the report?

San Diego is a city that’s gone off the gun control deep end of late, but as we can see, they didn’t need to. If drug dealers are getting guns, the problem is that drug dealers are getting guns. It’s not what the law-abiding citizens are doing with guns.


Yet that’s also what gets missed in pretty much every anti-gun effort you care to name. They don’t consider the impact on the law-abiding. They don’t care about that impact. They just push for gun control and pretend that this is for the common good.

It’s not, because just like drugs, the bad guys get guns without an issue. They’ll make them if they have to, but they’re getting plenty the old-fashioned way.

And San Diego is just making it more profitable for them to do so.

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