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TikTok ‘psychics’ claiming to channel Gabby Petito’s ghost face backlash

Self-proclaimed “psychics” on TikTok are taking heat for disseminating conspiracy theories regarding the killing of Gabby Petito — which critics claim is a sick ploy to cash in on the nationwide fascination with the case.

A search of “medium gabby petito” yields dozens of these so-called social media mediums — one who claims they can communicate with the dead — giving their two cents on the 22-year-old Long Island native’s death, which has now been ruled a homicide. Authorities are currently on the hunt for Petito’s boyfriend Brian Laundrie, 23, who was on a cross-country trip with her when she disappeared in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

In one clip with over 850,000 views, TikTok oracle Kelly Ferro — known as @kellythemagicalmedium on the platform — purported to be “channeling” Gabby Petito (spelled “Patito”) psychically during the search. The now-private video was recorded on Sept. 13, when Petito was still reported to be missing.

Kelly Ferro is a TikTok medium trying to speak to Gabby Petito.
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“His energy does not feel like a killer,” Ferro intoned during the somewhat discombobulated rant. “I do feel like he was working on himself, I do feel like he had a hot temper, but I don’t think he purposefully killed her.”

She then appears to contradict herself, stating, “That being said, I do feel like he took her life. And it’s very interesting, because I feel like he almost had to take her life because in his logical mind, that was the right thing to do. Because it would’ve possibly prevented him from getting into more trouble.”

The medium added, “I know this is vivid and sad. I really hope they find her.” 

Another video with nearly 1 million views, posted around the same time, shows fellow spirit whisperer Kelsi Davies using her “gifts” to consult her doll Lola about the then-missing persons case.

“Lola, do you think that Gabby is OK?” the “psychic” asks, to which a recorded voice responds with a static-y utterance that Davies interprets as a “no.”

“I’m sending so much positivity to her family and friends, and I really hope that they can have closure soon,” the misfortune-teller tells her 3.6 million followers.

Two days later, authorities discovered Petito’s remains near Wyoming’s Bridger-Teton National Forest, where FBI, National Parks and local law enforcement officials had been searching for the missing young woman since last week.

Police are still searching for Brian Laundrie.
Police are still searching for Brian Laundrie.
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The psychics have been blasted by online critics, who’ve accused them of baselessly claiming insight into yet-to-be-uncovered details of the case, so they can rack up millions of views.

“This is disgusting,” Dustin Dean, a mentalist who criticizes TikTok mediums, fumed in a TikTok video with 750,000 views. “Using false claims to gain clout off something so tragic, all the psychics and mediums on this app should be ashamed of themselves.”

Gabby Petito
Father Joseph Petito posted this after Gabby Petito’s death on Instagram with the caption, “#gabbypetito she touched the world.”
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Meanwhile, YouTube news personality Philip DeFranco released a video, in which he labelled Ferro a “horrible person” who should be ashamed of herself.

“I hope that when you sit alone, you really feel that,” he added. Ferro has since turned off comments on the aforementioned TikTok video.

Along with oodles of clicks, mediums can reportedly make hundreds of dollars an hour by purporting to act as a liaison between people and their deceased loved ones, Insider reported.

Cops have entered the seventh day of their search for Laundrie, while the public continues to speculate on his whereabouts.



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96,389 Ghost Votes! 173,104 Lost Votes! In Just 1 Arizona County = Stolen Election

A Grassroots Canvass Report of the 2020 election proves what we have been saying all along. The election was stolen and Biden is illegitimate. This is massive evidence of voter fraud.

DISCLAIMER: Views and opinions expressed on The Ben Armstrong Show are solely those of the host and do not necessarily represent those of The New American. TNA is not responsible for, and does not verify the accuracy of, any information presented.



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Bombshell report: 270,000 ‘lost’ and ‘ghost’ votes identified in Maricopa County, which is 2600% of Biden’s victory margin

An election-changing grassroots canvassing report published this week determined that nearly 270 votes cast in Maricopa County for the 2020 presidential election were either manipulated or missing.

After conducting interviews with more voters in Arizona’s contested county than the number of people that live in an average American city, the Maricopa County Canvass report authored by Liz Harris detailed “major” findings pertaining to the scale that voter fraud was committed.

Harris described the first bombshell finding during an episode of Steve Bannon’s “War Room” where she explained that more than a third of Arizonans canvassers interviewed indicated that they did vote, despite that there was no record of them doing so.

“34.23 percent of people that we had a record of not having voted said ‘What do you mean? I voted. Yes, I did.’ And that is one of our greatest findings,” Harris said on Wednesday. “Where did these votes go? And that’s why we’re calling these lost votes.”

The number of “lost” votes the report identified is 173,104, or the equivalent of nearly three Sun Devil stadiums, she added. “2.5 times that stadium is the number of people in Maricopa County whose votes were lost,” Harris said.

In addition to missing votes, the report also identified 96,389 “ghost” votes which are described as “mail-in votes that likely could not have been physically cast by the voter that the vote was registered to,” because of address changes.

“These voters did not have a secondary mailing address and were either unknown to the residents who lived at their voting address since September 2020 or were known but confirmed to not have lived at the residence since prior to the election, and often had not lived there for many years.”

The combined number of “lost” and “ghost” votes, as well as many more inaccurate votes were discovered by canvassers, brings the total vote discrepancies to 269,493 – and that’s just one county in the state of Arizona.

To put it in perspective, the statewide results of the 2020 presidential election were decided by a mere fraction of that with 10,457 votes. The state’s U.S. Senate election was decided by 78,886 votes.

Had the courts reviewed irregularities that arose during the November election at the time, the United States may have a different president today.

This bombshell Maricopa County Canvass Report is election-changing to say the least as it precedes the highly anticipated report for the county’s official election audit that was spearheaded by the state GOP. The audit findings are set to be released in the coming weeks.





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Report on Baltimore high school reveals ghost students were attending ghost classes – HotAir

After two years, Baltimore City Schools has finally released a summary of its investigation into Augusta Fells Savage high school. What they found confirmed much of what local news channel Fox45 has been reporting all year:

The report confirms administrators at Augusta Fells improperly changed grades and pressured teachers to give students grades they did not earn. The internal investigation also found students were scheduled in classes that did not exist and/or that they did not attend, when they should have been withdrawn due to lack of attendance…

Fox45 News also obtained a list of 21 seniors enrolled at Augusta Fells in 2019. These students were enrolled, even though it appears they were not attending the school. Ghost students, as they’re known by educators, can be used to inflate enrollment numbers and increase the tax dollars a school receives. We spoke to a man who was enrolled at the school, even though he was in jail.

North Avenue’s internal investigation confirms these findings, saying approximately 100 students had questionable status, and may not have been actively attending school while still remaining on the rolls.

Here’s what the summary report itself says about the classes that did not exist:

AFS students were scheduled into classes that did not exist (known at the school as “filler classes”), when they should have been withdrawn due to lack of attendance. For example, the investigation identified students who were enrolled in a yearbook class with a school administrator as the teacher of record, during the 2017-2018 school year through the 2019-2020 school year. While enrolled students were recorded as attending this class, there were no records of any class meeting, and no witnesses could verify the existence of the class. For approximately 10 students, this yearbook course was the only class in which they were enrolled at AFS in a particular year; others were enrolled in several other elective classes, such as journalism and creative writing, under similarly questionable circumstances.

The report also found that, in an effort to help students recover credits they needed, students were being allowed to complete “work packets” which are not supposed to count for credit recovery classes. Also, the classes themselves were listed as being taught by authorized teachers but were in fact being “taught” by people without credentials.

This investigation took Baltimore City Schools two years to complete. Frankly, I don’t see why it would take this long. I wonder if the city would have done anything if Fox45 hadn’t discovered that a student who had a 0.13 GPA in his senior year was near the top half of his class at Augusta Fells. That story broke in March of this year, 18 months after the investigation began. Suddenly there was a bit more local attention on the story.

Fox45 has been updating this story for months and has several interviews and reports about the results of the city investigation. Unfortunately, none of the video is available on YouTube so you’ll have to click over to view those. One report from yesterday suggests that criminal charges could be possible for some of what the report uncovered:

“I would say it is entirely possible that City Schools officials could face criminal charges,” said Kurt Nachtman, a Baltimore-based attorney with ENLawyers, who has watched Project Baltimore’s reporting on Augusta Fells.

Nachtman tells FOX45 News, if charges are filed, they are most likely to come from the Attorney General’s Office. Though, federal charges are possible, and likely to include falsifying financial records, or perjury, if school administrators signed fraudulent enrollment paperwork, for example, under penalty of perjury.

I’m not going to hold my breath on that. Government workers at any level are rarely held accountable for their actions, though I agree it might help the city shape up if they were in this case. What has been happening here is clearly a kind of financial fraud, one which harmed children. There’s no excuse for giving it a pass.

Finally, the idea that this is only happening at one school in Baltimore seems pretty unlikely to me. In July, Fox45 reported that 41% of all Baltimore high school students have a 1.0 GPA or lower. Among freshmen it was 51 percent who had a D average or lower. I suspect if the city looks it will discover that similar fraud is taking place at other schools, i.e. students who never show up for classes that don’t exist. Augusta Fells may have been the worst school in Baltimore but it’s far from being the only one that is failing the students and parents who live there.



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San Francisco District Attourney Takes Aim at Ghost Gun Makers

High Bridge Arms, which closed in the fall of 2015, was the last gun shop to operate in San Francisco. Its closure was part of what supporters of the Second Amendment said was an effort to make the City by the Bay a “gun-free zone,” and now nearly six years later San Francisco’s chief prosecutor is looking to take it even further.

This month District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced the city is suing three California companies that make and distribute so-called “Ghost Guns,” maintaining that the DIY firearms have been responsible for nearly half of the firearms recovered in gun-related killings in the city last year.

The suit names Blackhawk Manufacturing Group, GS Performance, and MDX Corp. – none of which are based in San Francisco, but are responsible for producing a large number of the firearms found in the city and across California, Boudin said during a news conference, as reported by the Associated Press.

“Guns are flooding our streets. Enough is enough,” Boudin said. “It is not enough to wait until after someone has been shot and killed by a firearm. We must get to the root of the problem.”

Defection for a Bigger Problem

Boudin’s lawsuits were filed as he has faced criticism for his response to rising crime rates in San Francisco, and has cast blame on the guns—not criminals—for the city’s woes.

“They are three separate manufacturers that are flooding our streets with illegal firearms, with firearms that we know are being used to harm, to maim, and to kill,” added Boudin. “They’re harming our communities. They’re taking innocent lives. They’re putting law enforcement officers at risk. And it’s an epidemic that we know is disproportionately impacting communities of color.”

The District Attourney (DA) has also called in support from gun control groups, most notably the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, to sue the three firearms manufacturers.

“They’ve made it possible for anyone in the state to buy all the parts needed to build an untraceable firearm, no questions asked, and get it shipped in a convenient package with tools and instructions, like a piece of IKEA furniture,” Giffords Center lawyer Hannah Shearer told the California Globe.

The lawsuit calls for the companies to be barred from shipping their products in the Golden State, while it also seeks monetary penalties. 

Rising Problem?

There is no denying that there has been a rise in the home-made guns showing up on San Francisco’s streets—and according to reports, police had seized 164 of the so-called “ghost guns” in 2020, a 2,600 percent increase from the six confiscated in 2016.

Boudin has also noted that sixty-five percent of all ghost guns seized by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) were in California—but it is unclear if all of those firearms were actually used in a crime.

The three companies named in the suit have said they are in full compliance with state and federal law. Moreover, the California Globe also reported that many anti-crime advocates have claimed that Boudin is simply trying to deflect blame with the lawsuit.

“You know who San Franciscans blame for the rise in crime? Boudin,” neighborhood crime watch coordinator Theresa Ali told the Globe earlier this month.

“Everyone tries to paint San Francisco as just being all for these left causes, but it isn’t always the case,” added Ali. “I’ve marched with Black Lives Matter and protested against Trump. I thought he was a fascist. So it should be telling that a lot of people like me are not blaming these gun makers who are following the rules. We’re against Boudin. A lot of us are against Boudin.”

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based writer who has contributed to more than four dozen magazines, newspapers, and websites. He regularly writes about military small arms, and is the author of several books on military headgear including A Gallery of Military Headdress, which is available on Amazon.com.

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Ghost Sex: On Amy Sohn and Anthony Comstock

‘The Man Who Hated Women’ by Amy Sohn Farrar, Straus and Giroux

My fertility is waning. I chose to review a book about reproductive rights knowing I will never have kids due to the little blue estradiol pills I take. I’m a trans woman, so I’m sure anything I have to say in support or denial of this book will be read through the lens of the fact I’ve yet to surgically alter my body. I will probably never need birth control—unless in 2060 I can pay Amazon to give me a womb.

Jenny Diski has a famous line in an LRB article about writing, “Smoke. Drink coffee. Smoke. Write. Stare at ceiling. Smoke. Write. Lie on the sofa. Drink coffee. Write.” She’s a more approachable British Joan Didion who loved cop dramas and clung to cigarettes with relish even when she was diagnosed with cancer. Reading and reviewing The Man Who Hated Women was similarly stop and go. Write. Drink coffee. Smoke. Except I have a lung condition so it was mostly drinking coffee. 

Amy Sohn, author of the book in question, has a very different relationship to gender. She wrote a piece about chest binding for the New York Times, including many casually cruel doctors and mothers who found the practice “dangerous.” For years Sohn documented what it meant to be a cis heterosexual woman dating in New York. She was, in essence, a Carrie Bradshaw. I too have attempted writing a dating column, though I knew little about dating and was armed only with anger at being ghosted. I hope if anything on the internet is permanently lost after singularity it is my columns. It’s transphobic if you look them up because they’re under my deadname. 

The Man Who Hated Women traces the life of Anthony Comstock, notorious anti-vice activist who fought against obscenity and advocated for what later became known as the Comstock Laws. The book interweaves the biographies of eight women that Comstock prosecuted including Emma Goldman, Ida Craddock, and Margaret Sanger. Attempts at armchair psychology abound. 

Anthony Comstock grew up in Connecticut before the Civil War. His family was descended from the first Puritans in New England. In one armchair moment, Sohn dissects Comstock’s childhood through his relationship to punishment. Apparently, young Anthony was forced to retrieve “his own switch” and forced to “sit with the girls, wearing a sun bonnet.” The book suggests we won’t know if this was what “turned him against women, or made him insecure about his masculinity.” Comstock’s masculinity never seems to be far from Sohn’s mind. She suggests he had a neurotic relationship to masturbation. One wonders if even Freud would trace such a direct line. 

Eventually, Comstock moved to New York in search of a greater life but found a world hooked on sex. He joined the YMCA and quickly became obsessed with destroying obscenity, tracking down pornographers and abortion providers with a wicked sense of glee. He did not mind using fraudulent means to entrap his victims. Becoming anti-vice royalty was easy for Comstock, he soon joined and led committees to form stricter obscenity laws. These laws eventually became known as the Comstock Act. It wasn’t long until more obscenity laws were passed around the country. 

Marriage and its sanctity were a key part of Comstock’s life yet his own wife Maggie is curiously absent from Sohn’s account of Comstock’s life. There is no record Anthony was violent towards Maggie according to Sohn. They lost their first child and a few years later they unofficially adopted a child that Comstock “found,” only for that child to die as well. 

One of the women Comstock prosecuted, Angela Heywood, dressed her son in women’s clothing. “Sex radicals” were clearly an affront to God. Blasphemy charges were often unofficially paired with obscenity charges. Comstock was indifferent to many of the women who committed suicide rather than face prosecution. Ultimately, St. Anthony’s power waned only later in life after Margaret Sanger and Emma Goldman changed cultural norms. It was easier to prosecute women like Ida Craddock, a medium and sex educator who claimed to have sex with ghosts. Women like Craddock did not have the support of cheering crowds. 

Many sex radicals argued over the difference between “exclusivisits,” free love based on monogamy and “varietists,” those who were essentially polyamorous. Many of Comstock’s repudiations of obscenity were rooted in Victorian purity and a fear of minors gaining hold of information on sexual health, possibly reminding one of the Twitter discourse around kink’s place at pride. It is that arguments about sexuality, reproductive health, and obscenity are continually recycled. Sohn ends her book with a call to action, citing the increasing difficulty to obtain an abortion in some states and the legal challenges before Roe v. Wade

Amy Sohn started out as a sex columnist writing for New York Press, the New York Post, and New York, writing with joyous effervescence and anger about possessiveness, gender roles, and post 9/11 dating.  In one unpublished test column she quotes Jonathan Ames as saying, “I think what women are looking for is the intimation of the affectionate rape.” She knows how to deliver a tart one-liner, turning a phrase or scene into a denouement of sexual difference such as “She got three martinis and a date with a millionaire. I got a Sierra Nevada paid for by a Republican.” 

Sohn’s treats sex radicals and reproductive rights with the aplomb of a former sex columnist, referring to pornography as “Zagat guides for the libido.” On Emma Goldman: “Was it men who were disappointing, or her man?” And, more directly, on Ida Craddock’s sexual experiences with ghosts: “It was the kind of uplifting, mind-boggling sex that makes a person think the world is as it should be.”

This makes the book sound like a fun romp through progressive rights that tells us where we’ve been and how it can indicate where to go. It’s not. Nor is it an activist’s guide to girlbossing the future. Sohn skates over a variety of issues these white women themselves ignored. Goldman and Margaret Sanger’s arguments over birth control and class are boiled down to a difference of opinion. Sohn notes that Goldman helped bail Sanger out of jail but Sanger did not bail out Goldman. She also briefly mentions that Sanger supported eugenics and that she was criticized for her belief in racist ideology (so much so her name was removed from a Planned Parenthood building last year), but Sohn also claims Martin Luther King Jr himself supported Sanger’s work. Sanger also once met with the KKK, though this is not mentioned. It reads like a rebranding of Margaret Sanger’s work despite the fact that she and many free love advocates of her time held deeply racist and ableist ideas around population control. 

If there is to be something drawn from Sohn’s book it is the way even activists like Sanger will throw someone under the bus for the sake of political purity. For his own part, Comstock seems like a man hellbent on destroying his own sexual thirst. Clearly he hated women but I’m not sure Amy Sohn proves this in her book. Instead he reads as just another man who wanted to outlaw desire, ghost sex and all. 

Ghost Sex: On Amy Sohn and Anthony Comstock



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ATF usurped Congress with new “ghost” gun rule, says letter from Judiciary subcommittee Republicans

Republicans on the House Judiciary Crime Subcommittee sent the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) a letter requesting the agency “abandon” a proposed gun rule that expands the definition of a firearm beyond what Congress intended.

The proposed ATF rule “is deeply flawed, beyond the scope of ATF’s authority, contrary to years of previous ATF opinions, and harmful to millions of law-abiding American firearm owners,” the letter reads.

On May 21, ATF published the proposed rule, the “Definition of ‘Frame or Receiver’ and Identification of Firearms,” in the Federal Register, saying its purpose is “to provide new regulatory definitions of ‘firearm frame or receiver’ and ‘frame or receiver’ because the current regulations fail to capture the full meaning of those terms.”

The rule would also impose more marking and recordkeeping requirements than necessary, the letter reads. 

“ATF’s proposed rule goes well beyond the authority granted to the agency in any applicable federal statutes. The proposed rule would expand the definition of ‘frame or receiver’ to include any part of a firearm that can house even one mechanism of the firing process,” the letter continues.

The ATF’s expanded definition of a firearm is “beyond the intent of Congress in the proposed rule,” the Congress members wrote.

“The ATF includes ‘a weapon parts kit that is designed to or may readily be assembled, completed, converted, or restored.’ However, the [Gun Control Act of 1968] defines a firearm as: ‘A) any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; (B) the frame or receiver of any such weapon…'”

The ATF rule “appears to be a deliberate attempt to usurp the authority of Congress,” the letter reads. “In so doing, ATF has also unconstitutionally infringed on American citizens’ fundamental Second Amendment rights and privacy rights under the Fourth Amendment. We strongly urge ATF to abandon its proposed rule…”

The Congress members also requested information on how the expanded definition was created in the first place, and if the Department of Justice and Office of Management and Budget had “reviewed and approved” it.



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Geraldo Rivera Says Cuomo Should Stick It Out: ‘Al Franken Is The Ghost That Should Haunt People’ Jumping The Gun

Geraldo Rivera said Tuesday that Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo should stay in office and attempt to weather the storm.

Rivera joined Fox News’ “The Five” to discuss Democratic New York Attorney Gen. Letitia James’ announcement that independent investigators had concluded Cuomo was guilty of sexually harassing multiple women and of violating state and federal laws.

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Rivera began by saying that he agreed with cohost Katie Pavlich, who said that Cuomo might survive the scandal simply because he was a Democrat and if he refused to resign long enough the public would likely lose interest.

“First of all, I agree with Katie’s analysis, absolutely. I think she had it nailed,” Rivera replied. “Al Franken is the ghost that should haunt people pulling the trigger already.”

Rivera went on to say that the investigation report was not a legal document but a political one, suggesting that James was angling for Cuomo’s job herself.

“She is absolutely furiously longing for Andrew Cuomo’s job,” he said, adding, “I’m not saying that the allegations are false, I make no judgment about that.”

“I want people to know this is not proof. This is politics,” Rivera continued, noting that Cuomo came from a political family that had already weathered a number of storms.

“Now comes the legal process. He has due process rights just like everybody else, and I would urge him as Katie did to tough it out, make your case, prove — you don’t have to prove your innocence, but prove that these allegations against you are false,” he concluded. “I give him at least 50/50.”



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Hawaii Governor Signs 2 Gun Control Bills, Tightening Storage Requirements and Expanding Ghost Gun Ban

Hawaii Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, has signed into law two new gun control bills, tightening firearm storage requirements and expanding the existing ban on ghost guns.

At a signing ceremony last week, Ige said the measures are “focused on increasing the safety and well-being of our community.”

One of the bills, called HB31, imposes more stringent firearm storage requirements on Hawaiians, requiring so-called “safe storage” in premises where someone under 18 years of age is likely to gain unauthorized access to a firearm. Previously, the “safe storage” law stipulated that firearms needed to be either locked away or carried on the person in premises where someone under the age of 16 could gain access without the permission of the parent or guardian.

“This will help ensure that individuals with firearms responsibly store them so that they cannot be accessed by an unsupervised minor,” Ige said.

The text of the bill cited data from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Secret Service indicating that 68 percent of deadly school shootings were committed using guns from the attacker’s home or a relative, while over half of such crimes were perpetrated by 16- and 17-year-olds.

“Studies have shown that individuals in those age categories were the most inclined to use a firearm in a harmful manner if it was readily accessible. By strengthening this we hope to promote gun safety and gun ownership,” Hawaii Police Department Capt. Brian Yamamoto said at the signing ceremony. [remove]

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) opposed the measure, saying in a statement that, “safe storage is a matter of personal responsibility and everyone’s situation is different. It’s unreasonable for the law to impose one-size-fits-all solutions.”

The second bill, called HB1366, expands Hawaii’s existing prohibition on manufacturing, obtaining, or obtaining parts to assemble a firearm with no serial number, commonly referred to as “ghost guns.” The bill now also makes it a felony to possess ghost guns or their components, effectively closing a loophole that allowed people to have unserialized guns by claiming they obtained their components before the previous ban went into effect on Sept. 15, 2020.

“Ghost guns are a significant risk to our communities,” Ige said. “Manufacturing guns without a serial number allows individuals to circumvent the proper procedures and background checks that are required and crimes committed with them are particularly challenging for law enforcement.”

The expanded ghost gun ban goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022, with violators facing up to 5 years behind bars.

The NRA-ILA urged Ige to veto the measure.

Gun rights advocates more broadly have criticized ghost gun bans and other restrictions, arguing that they limit the ability of law-abiding citizens to exercise their constitutional right to defend themselves while doing little to address the criminal misuse of firearms as perpetrators typically obtain guns illegally.



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