“There is a massive loophole in California,” said San Francisco Supervisor Catherine Stefani, who authored the bill. “It’s very scary.”
Yeah that’s not a “loophole.” Homemade firearms are and have always been legal — explicitly and intentionally so — in the U.S.
From the the ABC 7 News article:
According to data from SFPD, the seizure of ghost guns have more than doubled from 77 in 2019 to 164 in 2020.
Shocker. As San Francisco in particular and California in general make it increasingly expensive, complicated, slow, intrusive, and otherwise cumbersome to purchase commercially-manufactured firearms, citizens move increasingly toward alternatives such as making their own. Which, again, is legal everywhere in the country, but is also more straightforward and less expensive than jumping through the Golden State’s ridiculous and unconstitutional hoops required for a Title 1 firearm purchase.
If California wants more people to purchase guns through retail channels complete with background checks, etc., it needs to make that process less burdensome, not more. As it stands today it’s literally a punitive process. It’s creating clear incentive for this growth in those “scary” “ghost guns” and, without a doubt, the growth of a black market.
How’s your utopia working out, Cal-unicorn-ia?