City and county authorities ban unserialized firearms

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego County and City officials on Wednesday announced proposals to ban so-called “ghost guns” throughout the county, among other initiatives to stem gun violence at the local level .

Proposed policies to be voted on next week by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors would call for the creation of an ordinance prohibiting the possession or distribution of unserialized parts used to create phantom weapons, in addition to establishing county-wide firearm storage standards.

Ghost guns, also known as “do-it-yourself guns,” are self-made, homemade firearms that do not have a commercial serial number. They are not found due to the lack of identifying marks and therefore may escape state and federal regulations that apply to firearms, such as background checks.

The proposed measures would also ban 3D printing of unserialized firearms or precursor parts and establish safe storage requirements for gun owners in the county.

If the proposed policy is adopted at the October 19 supervisory board meeting, county staff will also work with community leaders to create preventative gun violence “reduction and disruption” programs.

San Diego County Supervisory Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher, who outlined the policies at a press conference Wednesday with County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, said: “We are bringing gun reforms to common sense fire in San Diego County. Unserialized firearms are a clear and present danger affecting our communities; by regulating their use and production, we will save lives. Our inclusion of safe storage practices in this policy will protect gun owners, their families and visitors; and by investing in gun violence prevention programs, our early intervention can protect individuals in our community from harm.

Lawson-Remer said: “These protections will save lives by targeting manufacturers of ghost weapons that cannot be found – helping to ensure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. As a mother of a toddler, I don’t want a future where she has to practice active marksmanship or live in fear of a text saying her school is closed. We have the power to change that, and that starts with approving these common sense safety rules. “

The policy follows a recently enacted ordinance banning phantom weapons in the city of San Diego.

The city’s ordinance on the elimination of non-traceable, unserialized firearms – or ENUF – was signed last month by Mayor Todd Gloria and is expected to come into effect on October 23.

San Diego City Councilor Marni von Wilpert, who drafted the city’s ghost gun legislation, said: “Ghost guns are wreaking havoc in our communities and we need every level of government to act to address the problem. escape from ghost weapons. As we did in the City of San Diego, I am grateful that San Diego County is cracking down on untraceable and unserialized guns and gun parts to keep guns out of the hands of the people who represent. a danger to our communities – including violence, criminals, domestic abusers, people with mental illness and terrorists.

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