Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed laws on Wednesday to ban the sale and possession of so-called “ghost weapons,” making Illinois the primary state within the Midwest to crack down on untraceable, do-it-yourself firearms.

The legislation, launched by state Rep. Kam Buckner and state Sen. Jacqueline Collins, makes it unlawful for somebody to promote, supply to promote or switch an unserialized, unfinished gun body or receiver or an unfinished firearm — together with those produced using a 3-D printer.

The term “ghost gun” refers to do-it-yourself, DIY-type weapons that don’t have serial numbers or different figuring out markers, which makes it difficult for law enforcement to track their maker, seller or original owner. One of many extra standard methods folks create ghost weapons is by shopping for pre-made components and assembling them right into a firearm at residence.

“Cracking down on unregistered firearms is an important step to placing an finish to the epidemic of gun violence in our state,” said Buckner, a Chicago mayoral candidate difficult incumbent Lori Lightfoot. “Make no mistake, the one individuals who want their weapons to be untraceable are folks planning to commit crimes. These ruthless, calculated shootings can’t proceed.”

Chicago mayoral candidate Kam Buckner speaks at a press convention within the Gold Coast neighborhood of Chicago on Could 13, 2022. Gov. JB Pritzker signed Buckner’s invoice banning untraceable “ghost weapons” on Could 18, 2022.

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Pritzker mentioned that ghost weapons are extra accessible to youth as a result of they’re each cheaper and simpler to amass than typical firearms. At the very least two youngsters have been charged this month with possession of ghost weapons in Illinois, together with one who introduced a loaded ghost gun to their highschool.

In keeping with the governor, Illinois State Police have labored on 28 circumstances regarding ghost weapons this month alone.

“The folks creating, promoting and buying these firearms know that they’re working to bypass commonsense gun legal guidelines that guarantee weapons keep out of the palms of traffickers, abusers and convicted criminals,” Pritzker mentioned. “We’re seeing these unserialized weapons being inbuilt basements by those that ought to by no means have had entry to such harmful weapons after which used to commit heinous crimes, and it should be stopped to maintain Illinoisans secure.”

Since getting into workplace, President Joe Biden has centered on eliminating ghost weapons, taking steps on the federal stage to require serialization and to reclassify construct kits as firearms. In April, the president announced a new rule that updates the definitions of “firearm” and “body or receiver” beneath the Gun Management Act to cowl kits and parts that could possibly be simply assembled at residence into ghost weapons. The rule requires business firearm sellers to mark each body or receiver with a serial quantity in order that do-it-yourself weapons can nonetheless be traced in the event that they’re utilized in crimes.

“Ghost weapons current a transparent and current hazard to nationwide safety and public security,” Sean Holihan, state legislative director for the anti-gun violence group Giffords, mentioned in a press release. “These do-it-yourself firearms are more and more getting used to commit violent crimes and, as a result of they’re untraceable, they make regulation enforcement’s job to start and shut an investigation extremely troublesome.”