If you restrict it, they will build it.
That’s the message coming from some law enforcement officials cautioning lawmakers about creating more restrictions on guns. While each mass shooting prompts calls for more gun control by liberals, Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters on Wednesday that there’s a hidden danger to those restrictions that they probably hadn’t considered.
Tehama County was the site of a mass shooting earlier this week where the gunman — now deceased — appears to have killed his wife before shooting to death four more people and injuring around 10 others, according to NPR. Two of the guns he used were semi-automatic rifles — the types of weapons liberals often target for bans. But there was something distinctly different about them.
Gunman Kevin Neal made the rifles himself. Johnston explained to the media during a press conference that the guns were manufactured at home, were not registered, and did not bear serial numbers, according to ABC News.
These types of firearms are referred to as “ghost guns,” a term that also refers to guns that are modified by hand. People like Neal, who was not allowed to own guns because of his mental health issues, can escape the danger of alerting law enforcement with a gun purchase by illegally manufacturing their own. Johnston, as well as former FBI agent Steve Gomez, believe this practice could increase.
"If lawmakers took steps to make the gun laws more restrictive, those unlicensed home-made firearms would be highly sought after by people and criminals who do not care to comply with the law," Gomez explained.
Because these guns lack serial numbers and registration, they’re extremely difficult to trace when compared to firearms that are purchased legally. On the flipside, too, “ghost guns” can also be dangerous for people to use because they’re not constructed with the same stringent standards as regular consumer firearms.
"I don't think we're going to get legislation anytime soon that would effectively stop the shipment of ghost weapons," NYPD Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told ABC News.
Kelly also explained that it’s very, very difficult to keep gun parts out of the hands of mentally challenged people with ill-intent who are not legally allowed to own guns. For Second Amendment advocates, all of this plays into their argument that law-abiding citizens need to be well-armed because bad guys are always going to get their hands on guns despite the laws.
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