Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law legislation (House Bill 4383) that bans so-called “ghost guns” across Illinois.
House Bill 4383 aims to crack down on “ghost guns,” ‘Ghost guns’ are unregulated firearms that are assembled from kits purchased online. The parts can be purchased without background checks and don’t have serial numbers, which makes them harder to track.
“Because ghost guns are cheaper and easier to acquire than conventional firearms, they are more accessible to young people,” Pritzker’s office said in a release.
Already this month, two teens in Illinois have been charged with possession of ghost guns, one of which was brought to a high school. Illinois State Police reported working on 28 “ghost gun” cases so far this month.
According to a report, Chicago police confiscated 455 ghost guns in 2021.