CHICAGO (CBS) – Ghost weapons will soon be banned in Illinois.
Lawmakers voted to approve the move this weekend, and a new federal crackdown on ghost weapons could be announced Monday.
Approval came when the Biden administration was also looking for ways to regulate ghost weapons.
Last week, Chicago chairmen called The Illinois General Assembly passed the bill. The goal is to make ghost weapons illegal in Illinois, there are more and more of them showing up in Chicago every year.
Ghost weapons can be made with a 3D printer and home kit. They are not tracked, no serial numbers.
According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the number of ghost weapons – or private firearms – is increasing every year. Ghost weapons have also been linked to 325 murders or assassination attempts across the country since 2016.
Ten states – California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia and the state of Washington, as well as the District of Columbia – laws against ghost weapons are already in place.
Now that the bill has been approved, it is headed to the table of Governor J. B. Pritzker.
Meanwhile, sources say the U.S. Department of Justice is finalizing a new federal rule that requires gun dealers to check before selling ghost gun kits.