Ghost guns recovered
Six “ghost guns” recovered in a police investigation. Courtesy San Diego Police

The state Assembly has passed a bill by a San Diego lawmaker to outlaw the sale of “ghost gun” kits at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

Assembly Bill 311 by Chris Ward, who represents the 78th District in coastal San Diego County, prohibits the sale of what are know as firearm precursor parts used to manufacture untraceable ghost guns.

Existing legislation bans the sale of firearms and ammunition at the fairgrounds, but not weapons parts or partially assembled ghost guns.

“Californians should have the ability to legally own firearms,” said Ward, who is a Democrat. “However, the proliferation and use of ghost guns bypass common sense policies created to protect our communities from senseless gun violence.”

Ghost guns built from parts do no have serial numbers and undermine law enforcement’s ability to solve crimes.

Ward said he looked forward to “championing this bill throughout the legislative process” as it moves to the state Senate.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.