Gov. JB Pritzker signs law making ghost guns illegal

Gov. JB Pritzker signs law making ghost guns illegal

CHICAGO (TOC) — Gov. JB Pritzker signed a regulation to make ghost weapons unlawful Wednesday.

Illinois turned the primary state within the Midwest to ban ghost weapons, as lawmakers are beneath stress to curb violent crime.

WATCH: Gov. Pritzker speaks earlier than signing ghost gun lawPritzker signed laws proscribing the sale and possession of ghost weapons Wednesday morning on the Ark of St. Sabina’s gymnasium on the South Facet.

Ghost weapons are firearms which are constructed from kits that may be ordered on-line or 3D printers and assembled in minutes. They do not have serial numbers and are untraceable.

“If you should purchase a gun on-line and put it collectively in half-hour, that is an issue,” mentioned Pam Bodley, founding father of anti-violence group Goal Over Ache.

In December, police mentioned a person armed with a ghost gun shot and killed a 71-year-old man in Chinatown, executing him in broad daylight.

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The sufferer’s household has mentioned it is unclear why anybody would have a gun like that until it is for the flawed goal.

“The one individuals who want untraceable weapons are folks making an attempt to evade the regulation,” mentioned Rep. Kam Buckner, who sponsored the invoice.

Chicago police mentioned they’re seeing an enormous improve in ghost weapons, recovering 139 in 2020 and 458 in 2021.

WATCH: Chicago Mayor Lightfoot speaks forward of ghost gun regulation signing

President Joe Biden can also be waging a nationwide struggle on “do-it-yourself” weapons.

Final month, he together with the Justice Division, introduced a rule to maintain companies from promoting them with no serial quantity.

Those that already personal ghost weapons could make them authorized by bringing them to a gun store, the place a serial quantity will be placed on them, in response to the brand new regulation.

The brand new regulation will go into impact this summer time.

Gun rights activists have mentioned the legal guidelines will make little to no distinction in the case of combating gun violence, since most weapons used to commit crimes should not bought legally.

They’re contemplating submitting a lawsuit, difficult the constitutionality of the regulation beneath the second modification.

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