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Delaware Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Ban "Ghost Guns"

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DOVER, Del.- A bill filed Thursday in Delaware's legislature would ban possession and manufacture of covert and undetectable firearms, a measure aimed at cracking down on so-called "ghost guns."

House Bill 277 also makes it illegal to transport, ship, transfer, or sell an unfinished firearm frame or receiver. It also bars the manufacture or distribution of a firearm made using a 3D printer.

The federal government considers a firearm's receiver, which houses the firing mechanism, an actual firearm that is subject to a background check. Other components of a gun, such as a barrel, can be freely acquired and then be purchased to assemble the weapon.

But retailers are able to offer and sell unfinished receivers without a background check and could be used to assemble a functional firearm that does not have a serial number.

“Sadly, individuals are constantly looking for loopholes to bypass these laws. The sale and manufacture of these so-called ghost guns is a terrifying way to bypass law enforcement, especially for people who are prohibited from possessing a firearm,” said House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst (D-Bear), a primary sponsor on the legislation. 

According the legislation, criminal charges for violating parts of this proposed statute would be considered Class D and Class E felonies.

This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.

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