The ATF Federal Rule Prevents the Spread and Sale of Homemade "Ghost Guns," Which Have Become Popular for Gun Traffickers and Prohibited Purchasers Seeking Firearms for Criminal Activity.

Washington, D.C., December 6, 2022 — Today, Brady, Everytown for Gun Safety, and March for Our Lives jointly filed an amicus brief in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Morehouse Enterprises, LLC v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), an appeal of a District of North Dakota decision rejecting a challenge to the ATF's rule on ghost guns.

The brief explained how ghost guns – fully functional, unserialized, and untraceable weapons that can be assembled in an hour or less from components freely available online or at gun shows – are firearms and should be treated as such.

Brady, Everytown, and March for Our Lives previously filed similar briefs in the district court in this challenge, in the Northern District of Texas and in the Southern District of Texas. You can read the most recent brief here.

Brady Counsel Shira Feldman shared:

“The use of ghost guns to commit crimes continues to increase at an alarming rate, including most recently in the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs. These unserialized, untraceable weapons allow criminals to acquire, use, and traffic firearms, all while remaining undetectable to law enforcement. Ghost guns are firearms and need to be regulated as such."

Brady has one powerful mission — to unite all Americans against gun violence. We work across Congress, the courts, and our communities with over 90 grassroots chapters, bringing together young and old, red and blue, and every shade of color to find common ground in common sense. In the spirit of our namesakes Jim and Sarah Brady, we have fought for over 45 years to take action, not sides, and we will not stop until this epidemic ends. It’s in our hands.


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