Adriano Espaillat

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Adriano Espaillat

Sending Office: Honorable Adriano Espaillat
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        Request for Cosponsor(s)

Current Cosponsors: Schneider, Cicilline, Cohen, Swalwell, Cardenas, Blumenauer, Norton, Watson Colman, Velázquez, Soto, Hastings, Dean, Raskin, Khanna, Schakowsky

Dear Colleague:

I invite you to join as a cosponsor of H.R. 1266, the Ghost Guns Are Guns Act, a reintroduced bill to ensure that individuals who would otherwise be barred from purchasing firearms would not be able to purchase a gun assembly kit online under this current

Currently, individuals can purchase gun assembly kits off the web without undergoing a background check.  Under existing law, these gun assembly kits, which are subject to almost no regulation, are not legally considered guns because they arrive in pieces,
as opposed to being a finished product.  As a result, individuals who otherwise would not be able to pass a background check or would be disqualified due to other factors, can purchase these gun assembly kits and build their own “ghost guns.” 

Guns assembled using these kits have garnered the title of “ghost guns” because they often times are completely untraceable.  In many instances, these firearms are assembled using a receiver that does not have a serial number, making it almost impossible
for law enforcement officials to trace the gun back to its owner.  Since becoming more available, “ghost guns” have been used more often in violent crimes.  These easily accessible firearms pose serious safety concerns to our communities and law enforcement.

In order to directly deal with the issue, the Ghost Guns Are Guns Act would change existing gun law by closing the “ghost gun” loophole.  This legislation would simply require that individuals purchasing gun assembly kits be subject to the same background
checks that apply to people buying fully-assembled firearms.
  This is a reasonable, commonsense change that will help prevent people who would otherwise not qualify to purchase a gun from doing so.  I hope that you will join me in cosponsoring this

If you would like to be added as a cosponsor, please contact David Kimelman in my office at


Adriano Espaillat

Member of Congress

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