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H.R. 1454: Ghost Guns Are Guns Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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 …



1st Session

H. R. 1454


March 1, 2021

(for himself, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Cicilline, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Swalwell, Mr. Cárdenas, Mr. Blumenauer, Ms. Norton, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Velázquez, Mr. Soto, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Dean, Mr. Raskin, Mr. Khanna, Ms. Schakowsky, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Case, Mr. Evans, Mr. Meeks, Ms. Meng, Ms. Wasserman Schultz, Mr. Suozzi, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Ryan, Ms. Castor of Florida, Ms. Roybal-Allard, Ms. Garcia of Texas, Mrs. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York, Ms. Clarke of New York, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Morelle, Ms. Wexton, Mr. DeSaulnier, Ms. Jackson Lee, Ms. McCollum, Ms. Chu, Mrs. Demings, Mr. Kildee, Mr. Garamendi, Ms. Tlaib, Ms. Moore of Wisconsin, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Thompson of Mississippi, Mr. García of Illinois, Mr. Pocan, Mr. Lowenthal, Mr. Keating, Mrs. Torres of California, Ms. Scanlon, Mr. Payne, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Brown, Mr. Brendan F. Boyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Sherman, Ms. Barragán, Ms. Pingree, Ms. Sánchez, Mr. Gomez, Mr. Aguilar, Mr. Levin of California, Mrs. Napolitano, Ms. Jayapal, Ms. Porter, Mr. Vargas, Ms. Brownley, Mr. Trone, Mr. Lieu, Mr. Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, Ms. Sherrill, Mr. Courtney, Mr. Carson, Mr. Neguse, Mr. Panetta, Mr. Correa, Mrs. Hayes, and Ms. Strickland) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend title 18, United States Code, to require firearm assembly kits to be considered to be firearms.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Ghost Guns Are Guns Act.


Firearm assembly kits considered to be firearms

Section 921(a) of title 18, United States Code, is amended—


in paragraph (3), by striking or (D) any destructive device and inserting ; (D) any destructive device; or (E) any combination of parts designed or intended for use in converting any device into a firearm and from which a firearm may be readily assembled; and


in paragraph (4)—


by adding and at the end of subparagraph (A);


by striking and at the end of subparagraph (B) and inserting a period; and


by striking subparagraph (C).