New ghost gun regulations set to come into effect after judge rejects request to suspend rules


The Biden administration’s new regulations on so-called ghost guns are set to go into effect Wednesday after a federal judge denied a request to suspend the rules while a legal challenge works its way through the court system.

Chief U.S. District Judge Peter Welte in Fargo, North Dakota, rejected an injunction request in a Republican-backed lawsuit that seeks to stop the White House from implementing new restrictions that will deal with ghost guns – which can be made from parts purchased online or with 3D printers – as other firearms sold in the United States

“The plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate likelihood of success on the merits and irreparable harm,” Welte wrote in her decision. “As a result, the Dataphase balance of factors weighs against the injunction, and the Court denies the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary and/or permanent injunction.”

Beginning August 24, commercial ghost gun assembly kit makers will be obligatory to include serial numbers. Sellers will also need to be federally licensed, conduct background checks before selling a homemade gun kit, and keep records of purchases for as long as they are in business. The current rule allows sellers to purge registrations after 20 years.

The number of phantom guns in the United States has increased in recent years. Although there is no data on the number of ghost gun parts sold, the number of parts at crime scenes in recent years has skyrocketed, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. (ATF), which regulates firearms.

In its latest report on the U.S. gun market, the ATF pointed to jumps in Google’s trending data over the past few years, which suggests growing interest in ghost gun parts.

This data shows that key searches related to specific ghost weapon parts have increased by more than 600% over the past decade.


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