Second Amendment Backers Want San Diego Ban on Ghost Guns Reversed

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U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant has been asked by several gun owners to issue a temporary restraining order blocking a novel ban on non-serialized, unfinished, untraceable firearms — known as ghost guns — signed into law by San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria law, which is set to go into effect Oct. 23, 2021, and may violate state law allowing gun owners to assemble their own weapons, reports the Courthouse News Service. The Second Amendment proponents are suggesting San Diego’s ban criminalizes legal conduct rather than preventing untraceable weapons from getting into the wrong hands.

Attorneys for the gun owners argued San Diego’s ordinance was an outlier in California, where those who want to DIY assemble their own firearms must apply for and receive a California Department of Justice-issued serial number to engrave or permanently affix to their firearm within 10 days of assembling it. According to the mayor’s office, in 2020 San Diego saw a 169 percent increase in the number of ghost guns retrieved and impounded compared to the previous year.

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