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Columbia among cities suing federal government over “ghost guns”


Columbia is one of a number of cities that are suing the federal government in hopes of slowing the proliferation of so-called “ghost guns.”

The Capital City joined Chicago; Syracuse, New York; and San Jose, California in the lawsuit filed Aug. 26. Anti-gun violence organization Everytown for Gun Safety also is a plaintiff in the suit. Defendants include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Department of Justice; and U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

Ghost guns are homemade firearms that citizens can construct themselves, without a serial number. As noted in a report from 60 Minutes earlier this year, the firearms can be “virtually untraceable.” The homemade guns have become increasingly popular.

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