READING, Pa. – Berks County District Legal professional John Adams says ghost weapons are spreading additional out from the Philadelphia metro space the place they have been extra prolific into the encompassing counties together with right here in Berks.
“We’re seeing ghost weapons far more usually than we noticed them a 12 months in the past,” says Adams.
Since ghost weapons are bought in components and assembled and there is no serial quantity, they’re more durable to hint; however that is simply a part of the issue in line with Adams.
He says they’re ending up within the palms of people that should not have weapons.
“If you allow somebody to purchase the components, it is not unlawful to purchase the components of the gun, then they assemble the components,” says Adams. “As soon as that gun is assembled, it is now unlawful for these particular people to own.”
Adams says gun violence is a serious subject however crimes dedicated with weapons aren’t dedicated by lawful gun homeowners and the provision of ghost weapons is making it simpler for criminals to entry weapons.
The DA says the kits obtainable to assemble ghost weapons are generally created to bypass the authorized buy course of.
“It is a rising drawback that must be addressed, not solely right here in Berks County, however in Pennsylvania and admittedly, in the US,” says Adams. “I am hoping that we’ve some laws to fight this subject within the close to future.”