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H.R. 1454: Ghost Guns Are Guns Act

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Ghosting is terrible when dating, but is it a good thing with weapons?


With an increase in sales of firearm assembly kits over the past few years has come the concept of “ghost guns,” handguns that can be manufactured on your own. Unlike weapons purchased with traditional means, these firearms aren’t registered and lack serial numbers.

This means they can be owned by people who would normally fail background checks, such as those under age 18, with a felony conviction, or a domestic violence misdemeanor.

How many are out there? That’s unclear. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recovered about 10,000 ghost guns in 2019, which means that the actual number is surely far higher than that.

In April, the Joe Biden administration’s Justice …

Sponsor and status

Adriano Espaillat

Sponsor. Representative for New York's 13th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Mar 1, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 1, 2021

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94 Cosponsors (94 Democrats)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Statement from Representative Adriano Espaillat on Administration’s Crack Down on Ghost Guns
    — Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D-NY13] (Sponsor) on Apr 11, 2022

Reps. Schneider, Espaillat Introduce Legislation to Close the Ghost Guns Loophole
    — Rep. Bradley “Brad” Schneider [D-IL10] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 3, 2021

Rep. Demings Introduces Gun Violence Prevention Package
    — Rep. Val Demings [D-FL10] (Co-sponsor) on May 19, 2021

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Mar 1, 2021

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