Ghost guns have now been declared an epidemic in Los Angeles by the LAPD.
The LAPD have found the cause of 24 homicides, 8 attempted homicides as well as numerous robberies and assaults to be from ghost guns.
Ghost guns are homemade, untraceable weapons made from separate pieces of the gun and put together.
LAPD saw a 400% increase in seized ghost guns this year compared to last year.
“Ghost guns are an epidemic not only in Los Angeles but nationwide,” the department said, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Elected officials are working to get a grip on the spread of ghost guns, and City Councilman Paul Koretz said the idea that these guns exist for any other reason than skirting the legalities of gun ownership is ridiculous.
The epidemic appears to be very real across the country in New York as well, with the number of ghost guns collected by NYPD already expected to surpass last year and already more than twice the number collected in 2019.
In 2019 it was made illegal to possess a gun frame, and some officials are pushing to change the definition of firearms to include the pieces of a gun.
Republican oppose the idea, saying it’s a loophole to go around the authority of the Congress.
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