NY Senate Votes to Ban ‘Ghost Gun’ Possession, Gun Assembly
By Chris Eger
A 1700s engraving showing a room of people being scared by a faux ghost. (Photo: Library of Congress)
Lawmakers in the Empire State last week approved what they call the toughest ban on so-called “Ghost Guns” in the country.
The Democrat-controlled New York State Senate on July 23 approved S.7763-A/A9903 on a 43-17 vote. The measure aims to create tough new statewide laws on firearms without serial numbers such as those commonly built by hobbyists in the comfort of their homes. Further, it would make the simple act of fitting together the component parts of a firearm a crime for anyone who is not a licensed gunsmith.
The bill has been floating around Albany for almost a decade in one form or another but was consistently foiled while Republicans held narrow control of the Senate. Today, New York’s state government has one-party rule, with Dems in the driver’s seat.
“Ghost guns have been a scourge for years, and that is why I first introduced legislation to regulate them back in 2013,” said Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat.
The measure would define a “ghost gun” under state law as any firearm that isn’t serialized and registered, with no provision for grandfathering of guns already