Laws and Loopholes

NY Senate Majority Passes Two Bills on Ghost Guns


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Albany, N.Y (NEWS10) - On Wednesday, February 10, the Senate Democratic Majority advanced both the Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act and the Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act. Both acts serve to enhance the regulation of ghost guns, unfinished guns, or receivers that do not have serial numbers and, as a result, are unregulated and untraceable.

The Scott J. Beigel Unfinished Receiver Act, sponsored by Senator Anna Kaplan, will prohibit possession of unfinished receivers by anyone other than a gunsmith and will deem the sale of an unfinished frame or receiver as a crime of the first, second, and third-degree.

The Jose Webster Untraceable Firearms Act, sponsored by Senator Brad Hoylman, will prohibit the sale of ghost guns by criminalizing the possession of guns without serial numbers by anyone other than a licensed gunsmith. It will also require gunsmiths in the state to register and serialize any firearms, shotguns, rifles, and unfinished firearm frames or receivers.

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