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'Astronomical' rise in ghost guns has law enforcement worried

Original post made on Jan 27, 2022

Officials in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties have reported a significant rise in "ghost guns" over the last few years. They're untraceable, illegal and too often in the hands of criminals.

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Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 27, 2022 at 4:47 pm

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The city of San Jose has just exacerbated the problem by requiring all gun owners to purchase liability insurance and pay a yearly ownership fee.

Posted by Hal
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Jan 30, 2022 at 5:16 am

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The judicial system needs to be addressed before you can curb the illegal use or possession of any firearm, automobile, or controlled substance. Change the laws that possession of any stolen (serial numbered) or non serial numbered firearm would be prosecuted as a violent crime if in the hands of a Felon. Petty fines like $1000 or 90 days in jail is the cost of doing illegal business if you are a life time criminal. It's not the cars or guns or controlled substances creating the problems . Establish real penalties and evaluate the final sentences that tax paid attorneys and judges are agreeing on. Elect or hire more judges as needed to address the back log in the court system and eliminate the need for out of court "bargains" due to an over burdened judicial system.

Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 31, 2022 at 9:19 am

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Good idea, Hal. The problem, of course, is that politicians, activists and activist politicians like to point the finger at honest, law-abiding gun owners. Most gun crimes are not committed by such individuals. Most gun crimes are committed with "ghost" guns -- usually arms that have been stolen or purchased through nefarious methods and used for criminal activity.

Instead of politicians and activists doing what is necessary to stop such individuals, they prefer to pretend that it is the rest of us who are guilty of fostering the problem. It's those politicians who are targeting the good, law-abiding citizen utilizing their Second Amendment rights for a problem specifically caused by individuals who aren't supposed to have guns anyway.

So, those clever politicians and activists will amalgamate the stats from accidents, suicides and gun crimes as "gun violence" instead of focusing on "gun crimes." I would argue that we should first target those who possess "ghost" weapons and see what happens before they try to creatively legislate attacks on the Second Amendment.