|Sen. Kevin de Leon holds up a "Ghost Gun" - that|
isn't a gun at all!
There's only one problem: They should be called "Ghost Guns" because they do not now, nor will they likely ever, exist. That's right, they want to ban something that the laws of physics and chemistry already ban. A functional firearm cannot be built without enough metal to easily be detected on any security officer's metal detector - not to mention the ammo, which also must be made of metal.
If all of this sounds familiar, then you're old enough to remember the 1980s - when the revolutionary Glock pistol was introduced. As soon as the anti-gun crowd heard about a 'plastic gun" they went bananas. Of course, every Glock (and every other polymer framed pistol has many metal parts. It has to - because metal is they only thing that can stand the pressure inside of a gun at the time of firing. That logic mattered little and a federal law was quickly passed banning undetectable firearms. It was just renewed for another 10 years - and as far as the NRA is concerned, it's a non-issue - because there are no guns affected by such a ban, nor are there ever likely to be any!
That's not good enough for Sen. Kevin de Leon, he wants California to require a background check before people make guns that are banned by federal law. To prove that they exist, he held one up for the press - none of whom noticed that it is missing a few important parts - like, for instance a barrel. It also does not have a bolt, bolt carrier, firing pin, and a magazine - all of which must be made completely or partially out of metal. What he held up was not a functional gun - and without a great deal of metal it can't be made into one. He counted on the press either being too ignorant to notice, or being willing to go along with his deception.
If you have now figured out that there is something else going on, you are right. This is not about non-existent ghost guns, it's about the fact that it is legal for a law abiding citizen to make his or her own rifle or shotgun for their personal use - even in California. He is concerned that criminals and the severely mentally ill - who are banned from owning guns - might be doing this, so he wants to pass a law to stop them. Yes, you read that correctly. Sen. Kevin de Leon thinks if we just pass a law, people who know they are not allowed to even hold a gun, but really want one, will obey it.
He also somehow thinks that our current laws are not enough. So, let's consider what happens if a prohibited person is caught with a firearm. Well, under current law, a prohibited person caught with a gun results in the gun being seized and the prohibited person going to prison. If Sen. de Leon's bill pass, well the gun will be seized and the prohibited person will go to prison. That's right - nothing at all changes in regards to prohibited persons - unless you think someone prepared to break a bunch of laws will be stopped if we pass just one more.
Background checks may make some sense when a person buys a gun from a dealer - or even from a private party. At least there is a chance of preventing a prohibited person from buying a gun in the legal market, and perhaps arresting them for trying. But when it comes to homemade guns, well criminals can still make them, as can the mentally ill. Since, as we have seen, these people can already be arrested for merely holding a gun, this bill does nothing in regards to felons and the mentally ill.
So, why does the senator want to pass this law? Simple: He cannot stand the idea that a law abiding citizen can make their own gun without government knowledge or permission. That and that alone is the only thing that his bill will change. It's a shame that he cannot be honest enough to say so.
But, as is so common with gun control advocates, he prefers to lie.