December 17, 2020, 7:17 p.m.
Posted: Dec 17, 2020 at 7:17 pm
MADISON, Wisconsin – Nineteen attorneys general in the United States, including Wisconsin attorney general Josh Kaul, plan to change the federal government’s stance on ghost guns.
Ghost Guns are firearms that are sold in parts but are not complete. Kaul told News 3 now that they can be easily converted into a full firearm.
The shooter, who opened fire on employees at Paradigm in Middleton in September 2018, used a ghost weapon.
Kaul said that some people build ghost rifles to bypass regulations, which makes the weapon more difficult to track down.
“That way, individuals can bypass laws that require background checks to be performed,” said Kaul. “So if you can’t own a firearm in Wisconsin, you can potentially buy a part and bypass a background check law.” .
The Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Bureau took a position in 2015, saying it would not apply federal law to ghost weapons.
Kaul said the attorney general filed an amicus letter after Everyone for Guns Safety and four communities filed a lawsuit against the ATF and the U.S. Department of Justice in August alleging these authorities illegally concluded that ghost weapons were after are not a “firearm” under the Gun Act 2015 He hopes the US District Court for the Southern District of New York will accept their position and block the ATF’s interpretation.
“We need to make sure we are taking steps to make sure our communities are safe,” Kaul told News 3 Now. “In my opinion, this includes taking reasonable security measures for weapons, such as universal background checks.”
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