The Democratic-majority Lower House of the United States approved an initiative on Wednesday to strengthen firearms controls. Nevertheless, it is very possible that it will not get ahead in the Senateas Democrats have a narrow majority in that chamber.
The bill contains the toughest measures to limit guns that the House of Representatives has approved in decades. It proposes raising the age at which semi-automatic rifles can be purchased from 18 to 21 and bans high-capacity bullet cartridges used in Uvalde and Buffalo by 18-year-olds.
It also proposes measures to regulate the “ghost guns” for lacking a serial number and that they are responsible for an increasing number of shootings. When we talk about these “ghost guns” we are talking about homemade weapons that you can make yourself in your own house with a 3D printer or from a kit with the parts.
Its average price is about 500 dollars, but one can get to make a pistol at home for only 200 dollars. “Today, people can sit in their living room, connect to their computer, access a computer program, send a signal to their printer, and print out a machine gun that can kill people. That’s a problem,” NYPD Intelligence and Counterterrorism Deputy Commissioner John Miller told CBS.
According to the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), ghost guns is contributing to an increase in gun violence. They are a growing problem. The reason is that these guns are not registered and therefore cannot be traced. Right now in North America the existing law does not regulate most parts.
In the same way, the person who buys a “ghost gun” is not required to show his background (as are gun buyers in a physical establishment). There is no control: you enter a website (they are even sold on Amazon), choose the model and buy it as if it were a coffee maker or a mobile phone.