Business Booms for FL Build-Your-Own ‘Ghost Gun’ Firms

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Volusia County, Fla., is becoming a manufacturing center for kits that allow buyers to assemble their own military-style, semi-automatic rifles, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal. These so-called “ghost gun” kits have become popular with firearms rights activists because the parts have no serial number or other markings, making them untraceable. Ghost guns can be purchased online from thousands of different websites without a background check. At least six of these gun-kit makers are operating in Volusia County, which has worried law enforcement, who say the unregistered guns can make it easy for criminals to arm themselves with untraceable weapons. “It’s legal, but it’s almost like a loophole in the law,” Port Orange, Fla., Police Chief Thomas Grimaldi said. “We’re making it easy for the criminals. I have a concern — a huge concern over that.”

Amanda Black, manager of Elite Custom Railing in Holly Hill, Fla., said her firm has pivoted away from making aluminum railings in favor of the booming business of creating untraceable gun parts. Black said they sell 100 to 150 lower receivers, which house a gun’s trigger mechanism, each day. The firm leaves the part partially drilled. Buyers finish the process at home, skirting federal registration and identification requirements.  As a result, no one knows how many of the guns are out there. “When we look at the sales that have been going on, they’re selling on the Internet to people all over the country,” said Special Agent Graham Barlowe of the ATF’s in Sacramento.

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