The Rise of DIY Gun Kits Pose New Threat To Law Enforcement Agencies

As with the manufactured drug trade, gun manufacturers are beginning to take advantage of legal loopholes. Commonly referred to as “ghost guns,” DIY gun kits are being sold over the internet to any interested party. These firearms are untraceable, with no serial numbers, paperwork, or registered gun card, and worst of all, ownership is technically not illegal. The federal government and many state legislatures have yet to put any new law in the books to prevent ownership or sale of these kits, providing easy access to those otherwise incapable of gun ownership.

A Gun Control Issue Most Can Get Behind Is Stalled in Congress

While lawmakers are continuously stuck on the standard non-starters of the gun control debate, they continue to ignore the growing and actionable problem of DIY kits. The ATF has noted a significant rise in the number of weapons and “arsenals” they are coming across during raids and routine operations. While the agency refers to these firearms as self-made unserialized firearms, they are the same “ghost guns” and DIY weapons President Biden recently made a stand against, urging congress to move forward with legislation to control the mounting problem.

Availability Without Accountability

While building a kit gun is not illegal, it is still illegal for a prohibited person from owning a firearm to possess one. However, because there are few, if any, restrictions on the sale of these firearms, it is easier for a criminal or someone prohibited to get ahold of this type of weapon. 

Law enforcement agencies are beginning to feel like their hands are tied. While a convicted criminal is not technically permitted to own a gun in most territories, the sale of these weapons is untraceable. When an individual is spotted with a weapon they are not supposed to have, like Darryl Collins of Chicago, it is hard to file charges. During Collins’ arrest, he ran and threw the DIY gun aside. When in custody, prosecutors decided only to charge him as a felon in possession of ammunition.

DIY Gun Kits and the Potential for Carnage

Since the beginning of 2021, there have been at least 104 mass shootings occurring in 29 states and Washington D.C. While DIY gun kits are not responsible for these shootings, there is no telling how the increased ease-of-access, especially to those prohibited through normal channels, will increase gun violence and death risks. 

Regardless of your views on the gun control debate, laws currently exist on the books that protect all citizens against people more prone to violence or determined mentally unfit for gun ownership. “Ghost guns” negate those laws, taking advantage of loopholes to ensure gross profit. As a prepper, your goal is survival, and while fair gun ownership is a part of that process, DIY kits present a clear risk to your safety and the safety of others.

For the responsible gun owner, accountability and liability are crucial. Every hunter and survivalist plays their role and takes part in the legal system of gun ownership, which includes licensing and paperwork. While the idea of a DIY kit might sound intriguing, it opens up a dangerous production channel for weapons development on the domestic front. While some people might not agree with every gun law in the books, are “ghost guns” even a part of the solution, or are they purely a problem? Leave a comment below, respectfully expressing your opinion, and keep the conversation going.

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D J Wiseman - April 25, 2021 Reply

Every citizen has the inalienable right to construct weapons for self defense. My grandfather, an Lithuanian immigrant, was an”old world” metalsmith, and built several cap and ball rifles, none serialized. He never shot a human being. My brother and cousins frequently fired grandpa’s rifles, and at a young age learned respect for firearms. I’ve assembled several ar style pistols and rifles for my own use. Ghost gun? Misnomer similar to “assault rifle”

    diusmuro - May 5, 2021 Reply

    I congratulate, it seems remarkable idea to me is

shelmich - April 25, 2021 Reply

“These firearms are untraceable, with no serial numbers, paperwork, or registered gun card,”……so what? Any of those things prevent gun crimes? No. Do you really think that the people committing all these crimes are ordering the 80% lower receivers, completing the machining process with their machining skills in the machine shop in their garage, ordering the parts kits, and assembling the rest of the weapon? The article is just more leftist fear-mongering.

Mic - April 25, 2021 Reply

The article suggests that Criminals are building their own guns, That is highly doubtful and unprovable. Chances are they bought a stolen “ghost gun” rather than made one.
You need to do your research, the only thing Serial numbers are help full for, is in locating stolen guns. It is a tracking system plain and simple.
Background checks do not keep guns out of criminals hands. They only serve to somewhat limit their options in where to purchase one. Mostly they are in place just to harass legal citizens.

A criminal is not concerned with legality and they can always buy a stolen gun on the black market. Usually much cheaper than building one and a lot quicker to have a useable product.
Many criminals do not have the necessary tools to make a DIY gun. That is why they are robbing in the first place.
BTW, If criminals were prevented from getting guns in other ways they could always resort to making them themselves.
It was common for the resistance fighters in WW2 to make their own weapons to fight the Nazi’s, usually making submachine guns.
Do we really want to force criminals into that practice?

However they have an easier supply, the Cartels and their drug pipeline. However they tend to use and sell Military grade weapons including explosives, which will make Police at more risk of death and more civilian causalities.

The rule of unintended consequences kicks in here. If you close of one source another will always present itself. Usually one that is far worse than the one that was was closed off.
Consider that Carefully.

Brenton - April 25, 2021 Reply

What part of (shall not be infringed upon) is not understood. That means period, not somewhat, not kinda, that means period. Make congress and that asshat Biden understand stop killing our freedoms one cut at a time.😥

AmericanIcon - April 25, 2021 Reply

Basically a straw man argument. Almost by definition, criminals prefer the easy way – steal rather than work. Does anyone with even a modicum of basic intelligence actually believe an individual of evil intent would go through the effort of carefully machining a receiver and assembling a functional firearm when he could more easily steal, illegally purchase, or have a friend or relative ‘legally’ purchase it for him?

Despite the numerous infringements over the centuries, the people who crafted the Constitution and insisted on the first ten Amendments intended the American people – with few criminal exceptions – to freely exercise the right to keep and bear, and should they possess the capability, build – arms.

Malachi - April 25, 2021 Reply

I love guns

Michael - April 25, 2021 Reply

Although in the wrong hands this is obviously a terrible loop hole . But , for someone like myself who would love to have something at the house in order to protect my family. 20+ years ago I got mixed up with cocaine and got myself a felony. I have nothing but my word that I would own and treat a firearm with respect for myself and others .
So , something like this would be perfect for a guy like me . I’ve yet to look into this as this is the first time I e even heard of something like this .

CHRISTIE WAGNER - April 25, 2021 Reply

My worry would be quality control: there is none. (1) Are the individual(s) who made the gun qualified? (2) Did they do it safely and properly so that firing it would not injure me? (3) Is the gun reliable or will it leave me in the lurch when I need to defend my life?

John D. Larsen - April 25, 2021 Reply

Couple the legal responsibility to comply with the laws already on the books which leave a paper trail to follow with an increasingly corrupt and power hungry illegal administration doing everything they can to destroy whats left of our constitutional rights, despite the dangers of still legal DIY 80% kits, it still remains the best option against the increasing danger of weapon confiscation.

Thomas Kelly - April 25, 2021 Reply

I’ve mixed feelings about that. It’s both good and bad. From my main stand point, I think its good cause I don’t want the government knowing everything that I do. And bad cause the weapons can’t be traced in case they are used for illegal purposes

Randall Shaw - April 27, 2021 Reply

I think it’s going to be chaotic unless we can own and keep our weapons the bad guys have them and the police can’t always get to you after all their only so many thanks and be careful and safe

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