Felons Carrying Firearms Not Ghost Guns The Problem in Yakima
While the Biden administration has announced a ban on unlicensed kits to make so-called ghost guns the guns aren't a problem in the city of Yakima say police.
The new rule is an effort to stop the manufacture of untraceable firearms
It's part of the President's effort to get tough on what the administration says is a "proliferation of untraceable firearms." The new rule announced Monday means the kits are qualified as “firearms” under the Gun Control Act. Because of the new rule, commercial manufacturers must be licensed and the guns must include serial numbers and when selling the kits they'll require a background. Critics say the new rule will do nothing more than create more paperwork and won't impact crime.
Yakima Police say they haven't found any of the ghost guns on the street
Capt. Jay Seely with the Yakima Police Department says "we aren't seeing ghost guns yet. Not to say they aren't in Yakima, we just haven't come across any used in a local crime. Seely says the problem in Yakima are stolen guns.
In fact in 2020 the Yakima Police Department created a video on social media and they're asking for your help to cut serious crime by locking up your firearms whether you're at home or in your vehicle. Making sure your gun is locked while in your vehicle is vitally important say police because they say 50% of all guns stolen in Yakima come from vehicle prowls. Authorities say the guns are then used on the street in many serious crimes including gang related shootings. The stolen guns lead to the second biggest problem in Yakima felons who are prohibited from carrying guns using them on Yakima streets.
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