Chicago, IL-(Radio Effingham)- Unserialized firearms created and sold by individuals were implicated in more than 20,000 alleged crimes nationwide last year
Governor JB Pritzker signed into law HB4383, banning the sale and possession of so-called “ghost weapons” statewide. “Ghost guns” refer to privately made firearms without serial numbers that are often sold as a set of parts to assemble at home, allowing prohibited buyers to bypass background checks. Ghost guns cannot be traced by conventional means and can be created on a 3D printer, leaving no trace of their ownership.
“The people who create, sell and buy these guns know that they are working to circumvent common sense gun laws that ensure guns stay out of the hands of traffickers, abusers and criminals. convicted criminals, said Governor JB Pritzker. “We are seeing these unnumbered weapons being built in basements by those who should never have had access to such dangerous weapons and then being used to commit heinous crimes, and this must be stopped to keep Illinois safe. “
Illinois is a pioneer in the fight against phantom guns. President Joe Biden’s Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has focused on ghost weapons since taking office, recognizing the unprecedented threat these unregulated weapons pose. President Biden’s administration has taken steps similar to Illinois at the national level to reign in phantom guns, requiring the serialization and reclassification of these construction kits as firearms.
Because ghost guns are cheaper and easier to acquire than conventional firearms, they are more accessible to young people. Already in May 2022, at least two Illinois teenagers have been charged with possession of ghost weapons, including one case where a loaded ghost weapon was brought into a high school. ISP worked on 28 ghost weapon cases in May 2022 alone. Using the increase in highway cameras installed under Governor Pritzker, state police have recently taken into custody and arrested individuals associated with multiple armed carjackings who used ghost weapons to commit these crimes.
HB4383 is another sensible gun safety measure implemented by Governor Pritzker’s administration as part of a holistic, multi-pronged approach to violence prevention. In 2021, Governor Pritzker signed legislation expanding background checks on all gun sales in Illinois and modernizing and strengthening the gun owner identification card system. Governor Pritzker’s Reimagine Public Safety Act also created the first-ever Office of Gun Violence Prevention, providing a historic investment in community violence prevention for communities most affected by gun violence. .
“Recent events tragically remind us of the growing number of gun violence across the country. We must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect Illinois, which this new law does,” said Senate Speaker Don Harmon (D-Oak Park). “Those who use ghost guns overturn requirements that help ensure public safety and that responsible, law-abiding gun owners abide by. This law closes that loophole and ensures that everyone follows the same set of rules. I applaud Chief Collins for her leadership and determination and thank Governor Pritzker for his support and advocacy.
“Untraceable firearms are a growing threat to our communities and law enforcement,” said House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch. “I’m proud to see Illinois become the first state in the Midwest to ban phantom guns and keep these guns away from dangerous criminals.”
“Crackdown on unregistered firearms is a critical step in ending the epidemic of gun violence in our state,” said Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-Chicago). “Make no mistake, the only people who need their guns untraceable are those planning to commit crimes. These ruthless and calculated shootouts cannot continue. I thank the Governor for his leadership in efforts to make our communities safer by signing this very important bill into law.
“With the deadly tragedy of firearms still on our heels in today’s society, it is critically important – now more than ever – that our state address one of its most deadly security concerns. public”, said State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago). “With this phantom gun ban law and recent investments in our communities, families in Illinois are on the verge of safer environments.
“Working closely with survivors and advocates, we were able to pass this vital measure at the end of this year’s legislative session,” said Kathleen Sances, President and CEO of G-PAC. “This group effort shows the strength of our organization and the importance of taking urgent and consistent action to reduce gun violence and save lives. Today, with Governor Pritzker’s signature, Illinois will become the first state in the Midwest to make ghost guns illegal. Combined with our recent efforts to crack down on unlicensed gun dealers and block illegal gun ownership, Illinois will now have one of the most comprehensive gun violence prevention efforts in the nation. I want to thank our elected leaders, our 200+ coalition partners; national defenders like Brady United, Everytown, Giffords and Moms Demand Action; the grassroots defenders who fuel this movement; and survivors like Delphine who have lived through a terrible tragedy, but are fighting the good fight every day.
“The pain of losing my two children never goes away, but it also motivates me to take action to advocate for laws to end the senseless and preventable gun violence that destroys too many families and communities,” said Delphine Cherry, founder of the TY (Tender Youth) Foundation, mother, survivor and advocate. “I’m proud to be here today to see Governor Pritzker sign a bill that immediately bans phantom guns and requires existing ones to be serialized and traceable. It breaks my heart to see other mothers go through what I have been through. I have a message for them: be strong and know that you have a whole city and a community of surviving parents behind you.
“Working closely with survivors and advocates, we were able to pass this vital measure at the end of this year’s legislative session,” mentioned Kathleen Sances, President and CEO of G-PAC. “This group effort shows the strength of our organization and the importance of taking urgent and consistent action to reduce gun violence and save lives. Today, with Governor Pritzker’s signature, Illinois will become the first state in the Midwest to make ghost guns illegal. Combined with our recent efforts to crack down on unlicensed gun dealers and block illegal gun ownership, Illinois will now have one of the most comprehensive gun violence prevention efforts in the nation. I want to thank our elected leaders, our 200+ coalition partners; national defenders like Brady United, Everytown, Giffords and Moms Demand Action; the grassroots defenders who fuel this movement; and survivors like Delphine who have lived through a terrible tragedy, but are fighting the good fight every day.
“Illinois continues to lead the Midwest in substantive gun violence prevention solutions, this landmark phantom gun ban law is just the latest example,” said Brady President Kris Brown. “Phantom guns continue to threaten Illinois families and communities, but today the state will have new tools and remedies to stop the proliferation of these dangerous weapons. The state’s commitment to prevent gun violence that affects all Illinois residents, and especially black and brown residents, is an example for the region and the country.Brady thanks the legislature for prioritizing this important bill and the governor Pritzker for supporting and signing it. It will save lives.”
“Ghost weapons present a clear and present danger to national security and public safety,” said Sean Holihan, Giffords State Legislative Director. “These do-it-yourself firearms are increasingly being used to commit violent crimes, and because they are untraceable, they make it incredibly difficult for law enforcement to start and close an investigation. Governor Pritzker and Chicago and Springfield leaders like President Welch, President Harmon and the Gun Violence Prevention PAC (G-PAC) have shown that they are not afraid of the gun lobby and that they are leaders in reducing gun violence.
“Ghost guns pose an increasingly serious threat to public safety in Illinois and across the country. These elusive weapons have been sold by profit-hungry corporations seeking to evade even the most basic human safety laws. firearms, and they represent an increasingly large part of the illegal firearms market,” said David Pucino, deputy chief counsel at Giffords Law Center. “We are grateful to Senator Collins and Representative Buckner for championing this essential legislation, and to Governor Pritzker for signing it into law. This bill will help stop the proliferation of phantom guns and make Illinois safer.
“Ghost weapons are one of the fastest growing public safety issues in our state, and the threat they pose requires immediate solutions,” said Maria Pike, a volunteer with the Illinois chapter of Moms Demand Action. “This bill will help help law enforcement keep our communities safe, and today’s signing is a critical step toward solving Illinois’ gun violence crisis. Governor Pritzker continues to demonstrate his commitment to public safety, and we are proud to stand with him today as he signs this critical gun safety legislation.