Rise of ‘ghost gun’ kit makers seen in central Florida

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – At least six companies who make kits that allow buyers to assemble military-style, semi-automatic rifles at home have sprung up in recent years in at least one central Florida county.

The kits have become popular with gun rights activists because the parts have no serial number or other markings, making them untraceable, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports

These so-called “ghost guns” can be purchased without a background check, which is legal because of the way the federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives defines a firearm.

Under the law, no manufacturer-stamped serial number is needed if you make a gun for personal use.

The rise of these gun-kit makers in Volusia County has worried law enforcement, who say the unregistered guns can make it easy for criminals to arm themselves with untraceable weapons.

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