Walker Backs Plan to Prohibit Untraceable “Ghost Guns”
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. – The sale and possession of un-serialized “ghost guns” would be banned under a plan backed this month by state Rep. Mark Walker, D-Arlington Heights.
“It’s important that guns have serial numbers so that our law enforcement can effectively trace their use if necessary,” Walker said. “With the rise of 3D printers, it’s becoming increasingly easier for individuals to make untraceable firearms. It’s critical that we’re proactive to prevent these ghost guns from becoming a greater problem.”
Walker supported House Bill 4383, which makes it unlawful to knowingly sell or transfer a firearm or unfinished frame or receiver without a serial number. Known as “ghost guns,” these weapons are often built at home with a gun kit or 3D printer. Once House Bill 4383 goes into effect, those who currently possess an un-serialized firearm or gun kit will be required to get them serialized within 180 days by a federal firearms manufacturer, federal firearms dealer or other federal licensee that provides marking services.
House Bill 4383 passed both houses of the General Assembly and is headed to the governor for approval.
“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) last year saw approximately 20,000 suspected ‘ghost guns’ recovered by law enforcement,” Walker said. “We can’t wait on federal action for this growing issue. I’m dedicated to continuing our efforts to make communities safer by targeting gun violence.”