Ghost guns and the limits of gun control

Source: Orange County Register
by the editorial board

“A New York Times news report recently declared an ‘epidemic’ of ghost gun usage, referring to untraceable firearms made with parts bought online or made by 3D printers. In California, the problem is especially pronounced. Between 25 to 50% of all the firearms recovered at crime scenes in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego and San Francisco in the past 18 months have been ghost guns, the Times reports. But the Times also reports that ghost guns are ‘especially prevalent in coastal blue states with strict firearm laws.’ No kidding. Gun laws only work on people who are willing to obey laws, which violent criminals by definition are not. Similarly, the more you try to regulate away certain products, the more you push those products into the black market.” (11/19/21)