Police strive to eliminate ‘ghost guns’


FORT MYERS, Fla. — Law enforcement take steps to remove untraceable “ghost guns,” which have turned up at crime scenes across the nation and in Florida.

Agencies like the Fort Myers Police Department are trying to stop the circulation of these untraceable weapons. FMPD held a buyback event in June, where attendees dropped off guns in exchange for gift cards.

Consumers can order kits, and construct semi-automatic rifles at home. Having no identification on weapons makes it difficult to reprimand suspects for potential murder crimes.

Unfortunately, a loophole allows ghost gun production to continue.

These weapons are considered legal, according to a definition by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. Also, making a gun for personal use does not require a manufacturer-stamped serial number.

Currently, there are more than six gun producers in Volusia County, near Daytona Beach.

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