So-called ghost guns are so terrible, so frightening, that we need to ban them.
That’s the message anti-gunners routinely give us regarding homemade, unserialized firearms. In fact, a number of anti-gun states have already banned these firearms. In fact, Connecticut’s ban just went into effect on January 1st.
But there’s long been a ban on felons having any kind of gun unless they’ve had their rights restored. Whether you agree with that or not is largely irrelevant, it just is what it is.
I bring this up because a felon in Connecticut just got six years for having a pile of “ghost guns.”
A New York man who was convicted of an armed bank robbery in Connecticut in 2009 is now facing almost six years in federal prison after he was caught with a cache of ghost guns assembled from parts bought online, officials said.
Bram Fox, 44, of Kerhonkson, N.Y., was sentenced last week to 70 months in prison, followed by three years of supervision after his release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York said.
Fox previously pleaded guilty to unlawfully possessing a rifle as a felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. In doing so, he admitted that on Jan. 31 last year, he was in possession of around 30 firearms and “thousands” of rounds of ammunition in his home, the office said. The guns included an Aero Precision M5 rifle.
Most of the guns found when ATF agents searched Fox’s home on Jan. 31 last year did not have a manufacturer’s serial number, making them ghost guns, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. The guns, typically assembled from parts kits, are harder for authorities to trace when used in crimes because they lack serial numbers.
Now, Fox also built these guns and had tooling for building them, so it’s not just a lack of a serial number that supposedly made them “ghost guns,” but it’s worth noting that he did have traditionally manufactured firearms as well.
What we have here is a felon who wanted guns and found ways to obtain them. “Ghost guns” or not, he got guns despite all the laws officially prohibiting that.
Funny how often we see that, isn’t it?
Connecticut passed a law banning homemade firearms but criminals were always getting guns. What’s more, they’re going to keep making their own guns regardless of what laws you try to put in place. They’re criminals. Breaking the law is what they do.
Meanwhile, the people of Connecticut who will obey this law are the people who are going to obey pretty much all the other laws. These are the people you could hand a rocket launcher to and they wouldn’t hurt anyone without cause, but they’re restricted while the criminals feel no restrictions at all.
It’s the gun control paradox–the very people such laws are meant to control are the people who the law will not control.
At least, the people the laws are officially meant to control.
Connecticut banned these kinds of guns, but I await the next story about a criminal building them.