3D Printed and Homemade “Ghost Guns” Must Now Be Registered in California

3d printed ghost gunBy Everett Numbers

California law will no longer look the other way on homemade guns, or “ghost guns,” as gun control advocates call them. Building a gun from parts or a 3D printer will soon require a background check. It will also require that a state-provided serial number be permanently affixed to the weapon.

Governor Jerry Brown (D) signed Assembly Bill 857 into law on Friday, much to the chagrin of gun rights groups. Brown had vetoed similar legislation in 2014, according to the Sacramento Bee.

“I appreciate the author’s concerns about gun violence, but I can’t see how adding a serial number to a homemade gun would significantly advance public safety,” Brown wrote two years ago, the Bee reported.

Enough has apparently changed in that time; while California Senate President pro-Tempore Kevin de León’s (D-Los Angeles) 2014 bill failed, the 2016 version pushed by Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) succeeded.

In addition to requiring a background check through the state’s Department of Justice in order to obtain an official serial number, the builder of the homemade gun is prohibited from selling or transferring the weapon under the new law. It goes into full effect in 2019, according to the Associated Press.

Proponents of the “ghost gun” regulations claimed that without the law, Californians would be endangered by felons or others barred from owning guns simply 3D printing or building their own. Gun rights advocates, however, see the law as only hurting non-criminals.

“In addition to many other terminal issues presented in the bill, AB 857 fails to conform its exemptions to federal law, thereby placing potentially hundreds of thousands of good, law-abiding people at the mercy of an unconstitutionally vague criminal statute,” the Firearms Policy coalition argued in June before the bill was passed.

The group issued another statement following the California legislature’s approval of the bill.

“California gun owners will have to carefully weigh the risks of compliance before submitting to an openly tyrannical government that puts them and their Constitutionally-protected property in the crosshairs of a growing police state,” the Firearms Policy Coalition said in a statement Friday.

Before the new law was passed, “unfinished” lower receivers were made and sold to construct guns that would be legally untraceable. These parts usually consist of a trigger, firing pin, and an ammunition feeding mechanism.

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7 Comments on "3D Printed and Homemade “Ghost Guns” Must Now Be Registered in California"

  1. “…and the man in the back said, “Everyone attack!” and it turned into a ballroom blitz…ballroom blitz. ”

    That’s the speed of politics these days. nnnk! As if those who print a gun indiscreetly are going to suffer such Byzantine rule-mongering shenanigans.

    • emmanuelozon | July 27, 2016 at 8:12 am | Reply


      I’m wondering how this would be enforced? The whole point of 3-D printing is to forego the onerous regulations that go hand in hand infringing on our God given right of self protection.

  2. Politicians, government masters, banksters and corporate enslavers are rapidly being disintermediated. The faster they run, the more out of breath they’re going to be. The Police State is going to fail miserably and when it does it’s going to be ugly for those who’ve tried to enslave us. Their plan of making everything we peasants do illegal and every crime they commit legal is doomed. Too many people are awakening and have had just about enough of their evil circus.

  3. SonsofAnarchy5768 | July 27, 2016 at 7:50 am | Reply


  4. michael lawless | July 27, 2016 at 11:26 am | Reply

    how does one register something that doesnt exist ???
    liberals are smart

  5. Ok I am going to rush down and register the gun you don’t know I have so you will know I have one!!!

    I don’t think so Tim!!

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