‘Ghost Gun’ Investigation Leads to Arrests in Four NorCal Counties
Eight men have been arrested, with one of them being a correctional officer in San Joaquin County.
Described as “perfect for criminals” the guns being made had no serial numbers. The nature of the operation also allowed would be buyers to avoid all background check measures in place.
Those involved in the gun making operation spanned four counties, Sacramento, Solano, San Joaquin, and Stanislaus Counties.
Undercover federal agents have purchased and seized a total of 239 firearms thus far. The ‘ghost guns’ can be sold with a healthy markup over their retail counterparts which come serial numbers and background checks.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said such weapons are increasingly being used in crimes, “"High capacity rifles with silencers but without serial numbers are some of the most lethal weapons that criminals can get their hands on."
The complete story on the NorCal gun bust can be found here.
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