BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Joe Ganim today renewed his call, first made in April, for a state ban on guns that can be made with a 3D printer, also known as “ghost guns.” Ganim also called for a federal ban on such weapons.
In April, Ganim pledged to ban ghost guns with an executive order if elected governor. Ghost guns are untraceable weapons that are made of plastic, with the parts created by a 3D printer, or can be ordered as a kit and assembled at home. They have no gun registration number on them.
“It is unacceptable that these untraceable weapons are still not banned on the state or federal level,” said Ganim. “As governor, I will sign an executive order banning such weapons. The Connecticut legislature had a bill pass the Judiciary Committee to ban ghost guns this past session, but it didn’t even get a vote on the House floor. We must ban these ghost guns before the streets are flooded with these untraceable weapons, which would create a nationwide public safety crisis.”
A federal judge yesterday issued a restraining order that temporarily bans the release of blueprints that would allow anyone with a 3D printer to manufacture plastic untraceable guns. Mayor Ganim says this is just a temporary reprieve.
“Without state and federal laws with some real teeth to them banning ghost guns, these plastic untraceable weapons could fall into the wrong hands with the click of a mouse. I urge immediate action by the Connecticut legislature and Congress to show some leadership and actually bring a ghost gun ban bill for a vote at the next available opportunity.”