'Ghost Guns' discovered in major NJ drug takedown

'Ghost Guns' discovered in major NJ drug takedown Photo: NBC.

March 18, 2019 11:43 PM

NEW JERSEY (NBC) -- It's a takedown of guns and drugs that could have wreaked havoc on the northeast and an investigation that spanned several towns and stretched across state lines.

What began as a drug sting in New Jersey, authorities say, quickly led them to four men aimed at making and selling AR-15 assault-style "ghost guns."

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They are guns that might otherwise never be traced.

According to the attorney general, they are not registered and they don't have serial numbers. In addition, these "ghost guns" are sold without any background checks.

The guns are assembled from kits purchased online, often with video instructions. In this case, investigators say they come 80 percent already assembled.

Authorities could not say if any guns slipped through the cracks, before they seized six ghost guns and two more that were not yet built.

"This case is particularly alarming because it shows that the threat of ghost guns to public safety and to law enforcement safety is not abstract. It's real. It highlights the black market that exists among criminals for these untraceable guns," said NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal. 



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