UPDATED 8:45 AM PT – Friday, October 29, 2021
New York’s governor took aim at the Second Amendment while signing three new laws targeting so-called ghost guns. Democrat Kathy Hochul made the announcement during a press conference Thursday.
This package of bills specifically focuses on untraceable, usually kit-assembled weapons. The measures ban the sale of such firearms as well as outlawing the ownership of unfinished gun frames by anyone outside the gun trade.
Hochul touted the city’s strict stance on guns, but seemingly proved the point of many Second Amendment advocates when it comes to gun-related crime. She noted that criminals are going to continue seeking weapons regardless of what laws are in place.
“We have to deal with the criminals who, despite our best efforts, are trying to cause harm to other individuals and we are going to continue seeing criminals going to extreme lengths to possess illegal guns,” said the governor. “As much as we want to outlaw them, we still see what’s going on here.”
In Westbury, New York making an announcement on gun safety. Watch live: https://t.co/TQwg8l7b6F
— Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) October 28, 2021
Many gun enthusiasts buy these kits online to put together as a hobby. In 2020, 150 so-called ghost guns were recovered by the police among the thousands of serialized guns confiscated during arrests.