San Diego, California, September 15, 2021 - Today, Brady and Team ENOUGH celebrate the passage of the Eliminate Non-Serialized Untraceable Firearm (E.N.U.F.) Ordinance. This bill, sponsored by San Diego Councilmember Marni Von Wilpert (District 5) would prohibit the possession, purchase, sale, receipt, and transportation of non-serialized, unfinished frames and unfinished receivers, and non-serialized firearms within the City of San Diego, banning so-called ‘ghost guns.’
Brady President Kris Brown shared:
“Ghost Guns are a clear and growing threat to public safety. These untraceable firearms are proliferating in cities and communities across the nation, threatening public order and law enforcement. Particularly against the backdrop of rising gun violence rates, the E.N.U.F. Ordinance is a common-sense measure to keep San Diego residents safe. Brady thanks Councilmember Von Wilpert for championing this needed bill. Through her diligence, the E.N.U.F. Ordinance will become law and San Diego will become safer for all of its residents.”
Team ENOUGH Executive Councilmember Stephan Abrams shared:
“As a life-long San Diego resident and gun violence prevention activist, it is heartening to have leaders like Councilmember Von Wilpert introduce and champion needed policies like the E.N.U.F. Ordinance. Ghost guns are a threat to our city and our safety. I bought one of these dangerous ghost gun kits as a minor to demonstrate the ease with which any person, such as a minor or prohibited purchaser, can acquire one. I am gratified that the city council has passed this measure to keep our city safe from this growing threat. Today, San Diego’s City Council has shown once again that our city and our state are leading the nation in gun violence prevention."
Brady California Legislation Chair Ruth Borenstein shared:
“California is once again leading in the effort to prevent gun violence. This ordinance will make San Diego residents safer, helping to stop the proliferation of ghost guns across the city. This is a common-sense ordinance and one that we encourage other cities in California and across the country to adopt at once.”
About the E.N.U.F. Ordinance:
Councilmember Von Wilpert’s E.N.U.F. Ordinance will prohibit the possession, purchase, sale, receipt, and transportation of non-serialized, unfinished frames and unfinished receivers, and non-serialized firearms within the City of San Diego. The number of “ghost guns” recovered from crime scenes is rising across the country, California, and in San Diego. According to the Chief of Police, San Diego Police Department, David Nisleit, “About one in four of every gun we’re recovering right now is a ghost gun." As of May 2021, approximately 21 percent of all firearms recovered from crime scenes in San Diego are ghost guns, a stark increase over the 12 percent recovered in 2020 and the four percent recovered in 2019. A June 2021 report from the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) found that “the vast majority of ghost guns...are seized from people who cannot pass state or federal background checks because of a criminal conviction involving a felony or violent misdemeanor, and from persons prohibited from possessing firearms due to mental illness.”
About Ghost Guns:
Ghost guns are unserialized and untraceable firearms that are often made from "ghost gun kits," that can be bought online, at gun shows or at gun stores and assembled at home. "Ghost gun kits," include all of the parts and often the equipment necessary to build these weapons at home. These kits are widely available and can be purchased by anyone, including prohibited purchasers, domestic abusers, and gun traffickers — without a background check. As these kits and guns are sold at gun shows and online every day throughout the country, they undermine all of the life-saving policies that state legislatures have fought so hard to put in place.
Two states, Hawaii and New Jersey, and two cities, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., have already instituted bans on ghost guns or parts and kits used to assemble these weapons, and several other states including California, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have also passed laws regulating ghost guns.
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.