Are ‘Ghost Guns’ Next on The Gun Grabber Agenda?

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Governments hate legal loopholes, unless of course, those loopholes benefit themselves and their monied interests. In either case, they can’t stand it when the plebes find a way around their draconian laws. This especially applies to ghost guns, which if you’re not familiar, are untraceable firearm receivers that are shipped to your home as an almost finished product, thus skirting registration laws.

The control freaks in our society can’t stand the thought of any empowering object making it into the hands of an average citizen without it being tracked, stamped, and taxed. So when a young man in California murdered his college roommate with a ghost gun before turning the weapon on himself, it was no big surprise when the local media jumped on the case and focused in on the scary gun.

WALNUT CREEK — In the hours after police here came upon a grisly murder-suicide scene in the doorway of a suburban home last month — two college students who were once friends lay dead from gunshot wounds — the focus of their investigation immediately turned to the weapons.

Neither of the handguns Scott Bertics took with him on July 21 — the morning he shot 19-year-old Clare Orton, then himself — registered a serial number.

It didn’t take long for Walnut Creek police Lt. Lanny Edwards to figure out the reason: Bertics, a 21-year-old former Stanford engineering student, built the gun himself with parts that can mostly be purchased legally online.

“Honestly,” Edwards said, “until this case, I wasn’t real familiar with the topic. It’s not something we’ve seen.”

It may be unusual in Walnut Creek, but what Bertics did connects to a simmering issue nationwide: The potential dangers of hard-to-trace “ghost guns,” which might be assembled from purchased parts, fashioned with sophisticated machining tools or even created with a 3-D printer.

What’s especially interesting about this incident, is that even though this happened almost a month ago, the police still haven’t released the murderer’s mental or criminal history, or if it even applies in this case. Call it a hunch, but I’m willing to bet that this man had no record. The media is putting their focus on a gun that this engineering student built, because they don’t want to accept the fact that our system of background checks would have failed to stop this killer.

Still, you can almost hear the bell tolling for the ghost gun, and cases like this will certainly be used to scare the sheep into forfeiting their rights. Never mind the fact that ordering the parts and building this weapon would have taken longer than enduring California’s 10 day waiting period, or the fact that he could have just as easily built a rudimentary zip gun by sourcing parts from a hardware store. Those truisms will be lost on the bleating masses.

In fact, ghost guns were almost outlawed last year with little protest, when State Senator Kevin de Leόn proposed a bill that would have banned the sale and manufacture of these weapons in California. It made it all the way to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, who promptly vetoed the bill. “I appreciate the author’s concern’s about gun violence” he said at the time “but I can’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety.”

If not for the single unexpected vote of a liberal governor, this would have easily passed, despite its blatant stupidity (I mean, if they’re going to make a gun to commit a crime, why would the law stop them from making the gun?) With such widespread ignorance afoot, it’s only a matter of time before they (by they I mean the drooling masses and the people they elect) make it illegal for law-abiding citizens to manufacture these guns, even though criminals will still be able make them with a 3d printer, thus negating the whole purpose of the legislation. As per usual, these laws will fail to stop criminals, but will succeed in imprisoning otherwise lawful citizens.

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  • bill lopez

    bottom line is would a serial number have prevented this crime ?


  • Razedbywolvs

    It’s turning into a zero sum game and we know how it is going to end in the US. But what about the rest of the world?
    I did a quick search for “BBC ghost Guns” and got nothing.

  • Honey badger

    damn you ghost guns and your 30 round magazine clips firing 30 bullets in 1/2 a second!!! DAMN YOU!!!

  • Good luck!

  • Gearmoe

    Most firearms in US could be considered as ghosts. Any American who understands the Constitution would support ghost-guns, e.g. non-registration principals.

    I mean really, a criminal doesn’t care if a murder weapon is traceable.

  • SovereignPatriot88

    If a criminal intends to kill people and then themselves, no law or punishment will ever matter. You can’t prosecute a dead man.
    Even if the police show up and kill him after the murder/s they are just finishing up for him. The only logical solution is to have armed citizens who can respond before anyone gets killed. The only people who wait for the police to show up are victims.

  • Greg Straw

    Too late…

  • jim_robert

    No doubt he was on SSRi’s. Virtually ALL the young people murders involve this. Not that the leftist media would report it. Columbine, Sandy Hook, James Holmes, you name it, psychotropic drugs are involved.

  • David in MA

    I have always been brought to believe there is a law which says all firearms must have serial numbers…. Federal and/or State Law.

    • wiltedrosemarybush

      Technically this is true. Per GCA ’68 any firearm that is manufactured today has to have a serial number and certain other identifying markings. In practical terms, though, so long as you don’t take it, say, to a public shooting range one would probably quite all right. For the most part, with regards to this particular, the law is unenforceable, and does nothing to make society safer.

      • David in MA

        So what comes into play with GCA ’68 is what does “to be sold” mean. BUT, if arrested the legal fees, even if found not guilty, would be huge.

      • DanielAllison

        It must have a serial number only if it is sold or transferred. If it is for your own use no number is required. This is true if it meets the requirements for a legal firearm, such as , over all length, barrel length and not automatic. It is funny that you can make a firearm legally, but not a harmless suppressor. Federal laws are not intended to make sense, only cents.

  • PatriotVet

    To David in MA. All guns that are manufactured to be “sold”. Must have a serial number. If you are making a gun for yourself, with no intention of selling it, then it does NOT need a serial number. Legally.

    • David in MA

      But I bet the legal fees to prove this if arrested would be huge…

  • Ray Jones

    i wish i had the cash to buy ten ghost guns ….anyone wanna help a brotha out????

    • DanielAllison

      Do an internet search for 80% receivers.

      • Ray Jones

        im to broke to get one at this point id settle for just a good lower i could get it one peice at time after i have that part

        • DanielAllison

          Ares Armor is a good place to start. They have all the parts you could ever dream of. They have the best prices I have found. Lowers start at about $60.

  • Amendment II

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    Not at all hard to understand… Nothing about serial numbers, nothing about the government tracking the gun….

  • sharon

    That fascist Obama or his dirty Regime will never get mine for sure.

  • ImOffendedTreatMeSpecial

    Pass a law to change the behavior of people who pay no
    attention to laws, makes sense right?

  • william g munson

    nothing will stop people bent on doing evil but a gun its self and a good person behind it Period

    • Lumen_Kelvin

      The primary intent of having a Gun, is to protect yourself, and your family, and your stuff. This Right shall not be Infringed. What are you doing to stop this violation?

  • Lumen_Kelvin

    Obama swore on a stack of Karans, to protect our 2nd amendment rights, so if his brothers from Syria attack me and kill me by cutting off my head, I’m going to sue him.