State lawmakers consider ways to keep ghost guns off the streets

Boston Statehouse

BOSTON (WWLP) – According to gun control advocates, the state’s gun laws aren’t evolving as fast as the industry itself and that’s causing powerful weapons to end up in the hands of the wrong people.

The Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security met Tuesday to take testimony on more than two dozen gun control measures. One of the bills being considered by the committee would crack down on the production of ghost guns, which are bought in parts and put together at home. Lawmakers believe this is leading to the use of silencers which muffles the sound of a shot being fired.

“These devices are readily available online for almost anyone to purchase including convicted felons, domestic abusers, extremists, and members of criminal organizations,” Gina Kwon said in her testimony.

Opponents of the bill like Jim Wallace, who is the Executive Director of the Gun Owners Action League, said his organization would rather see so-called ghost guns addressed differently. He wants the legislature to “create very severe penalties for anybody who’s not a lawful gun owner for manufacturing or distributing any kind of weapon.”

Committee members didn’t vote on the bill on Tuesday, however they took over four hours of testimony from both supporters and opponents.

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