Last October, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed two laws that prohibit people in New York from having what are commonly called “ghost guns” as well as the unserialized parts used to make them. These laws took effect on Feb. 25 of this year.
Because ghost guns have no serial numbers, they are untraceable. Often they’re made from kits that can be purchased online. The growing prevalence of ghost guns has made it more difficult for law enforcement to track down the perpetrators of gun violence.
Drastic jump in ghost gun seizures in recent years
In signing the law, Gov. Hochul noted that seizures of ghost guns throughout the state have risen by almost 480% in three years. Similar laws banning ghost guns have been enacted in cities and states throughout the country.
The governor, who took office just last year, said, “We want to continue to solidify New York State’s reputation as having the toughest gun laws in America….We have to keep challenging ourselves to address the problems as they keep arising and as technology changes….”
Under the new laws, the possession and sale of unserialized guns, as well as unserialized, unfinished receivers and frames, are prohibited for everyone except licensed gunsmiths. It should be noted that the New York law also bans guns that can’t be recognized by metal detectors or screening equipment as well as guns that are designed to look like toys.
It can be difficult to keep up with the ever-changing gun laws throughout the country and to be aware of the differences in laws from one state to the next. If you’re facing a weapons charge, it’s crucial to take it seriously and to seek legal guidance to protect your rights.