'Ghost guns' face regulations under Calif. Bill

Jan 30, 2014 3:56 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers have approved legislation that would require people who make homemade firearms to register the weapons and acquire serial numbers before they could legally own them.

SB808 is intended to combat the spread of undetectable guns, which can fall into the hands of people who are legally barred from owning firearms.

Its author, Democratic Sen. Kevin de Leon of Los Angeles, says the so-called "ghost guns" are "built at home and put together like Lego," often using parts that are widely available without a background check.

He cites the case of a man who built his own military-assault rifle and killed five people in Santa Monica in June after he was banned from buying a gun.

SB808 passed the Senate 21-9 Thursday and goes to the Assembly.

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