On 14 April, the Rockefeller Institute of Government published a report saying that President Biden on 7 May announced multiple executive actions on gun violence with several specifically targeted at addressing the nation’s ghost gun problem. But, the report asks, what exactly are ghost guns, what challenges do they pose, and how would these actions help find a solution? It explains that ghost guns are homemade firearms that do not have a serial number and cannot be traced by law enforcement. There are several different types of ghost guns, but the two most frequently discussed are 3D-printed guns and guns made from “80 percent lowers”. 80% lowers are the unfinished lower halves of firearms, often bought as part of a kit, which can be modified and assembled into a fully-functioning gun by a purchaser.
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