MOSES LAKE - Officials across the country are sounding the alarm on a ‘loophole’ that allows you to obtain firearms free of regulation. They’re called “ghost guns’, unserialized and unregistered and its 100% legal. Ghost Guns is a California company that is one of several online businesses that allow you to purchase gun parts and provide tutorials on how to build it.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DIY firearms remain unregulated in the U.S. because it's not technically a firearm, because the part that would be registered -- the lower receiver -- still needs work. The ATF also says you don't need a permit to build or posses the firearm. And according to Ghost Guns…you legally don’t have to register your firearm after building it.
"If you build your gun at home and you build it and you don't sell or transfer it, its actually completely legal not to register it with any governing authority," said Kyle Martin of Ghost Guns.
It’s something that’s drawing the ire of Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones who says it’s of grave concern to him.
iFiber One News reached out to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and was told that those who are prohibited from obtaining firearms can still get the parts to make the gun and would only be penalized if they were caught with it.
California is the only state that requires anyone planning to build a homemade firearm to first obtain a serial number for the weapon and submit to a background check.