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Brady Celebrates the Passage of an Ordinance Banning Ghost Guns in San Francisco

Washington, D.C., September 15, 2021 - Today, Brady applauds the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Supervisor Catherine Stefani on the final passage of an ordinance banning ‘ghost guns’ in the city of San Francisco. This bill will ban the possession, sale, transfer, purchase, or manufacturing of an unfinished frame or receiver, a ghost gun, in the city. Following yesterday’s final passage of this ordinance, the bill will now head to San Francisco Mayor London Breed for her signature.

Brady President Kris Brown shared:

“The number of ghost guns seized by San Francisco law enforcement increased by over 2,733 percent from 2016 to 2020, an increase that has continued into 2021 just as shootings across the city have likewise spiked. These untraceable firearms are an existential threat to public safety and law enforcement, the City Board of Supervisors was right to pass this ordinance. It will help make San Francisco a safer place and stop the proliferation of these untraceable weapons across the city. Brady especially thanks Supervisor Catherine Stefani for her clear and powerful leadership on this issue and in ensuring the passage of this ordinance.”

Brady California Legislation Chair Ruth Borenstein shared:

“San Francisco has consistently led on gun violence prevention, recognizing the need to keep citizens safe from violence and crime. This ordinance is just the latest in the city’s long history in reacting to the latest threats to public safety. It will make our city and its residents safer. Ghost guns are a new and pressing threat to all communities, particularly Black and Brown communities, as well as to law enforcement. Thank you to the Board of Supervisors and to Supervisor Stefani for passing this important ordinance and protecting our city.”

About the Ordinance:

The ordinance will amend the Police Code to prohibit any person other than a licensed manufacturer or importer from possessing, selling, offering for sale, transferring, purchasing, transporting, receiving, or manufacturing an unfinished firearm frame or receiver that has not been imprinted with a serial number, subject to certain exceptions; and prohibiting any person from manufacturing or assembling a firearm that has not been imprinted with a serial number, subject to certain exceptions.

About Ghost Guns:

Ghost guns areunserialized 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.

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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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