Ghost guns — unregulated firearms that lack serial numbers and are typically assembled from purchased or homemade components — are now illegal in San Diego County, thanks to an ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors.
The measure proposed by Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer allows authorities to crack down on unregistered firearms and do-it-yourself gun assembly kits, in an effort to get ghost guns off the streets.
"The dangerous loophole that allows ghost guns to be manufactured in our community is closed now thanks to this common-sense safety reform,” said Supervisor Lawson-Remer. “The production of untraceable and unregistered firearms represents a new and urgent threat to our public safety, and with this vote, we have new tools to help limit their creation."
Supervisor Lawson-Remer’s proposal to ban ghost guns also requires all guns to be safely stored, cracking down on accidental gun deaths by children or those experiencing a mental health crisis.
Moving forward, guns in homes or structures near a home to either be secured with a trigger lock or be locked away in a container. The only exception is if the firearm is within the immediate control of an authorized person.
An attorney by training, Supervisor Lawson-Remer’s policy directed County Counsel to sue the reckless gun manufacturers and hold them accountable for their role in deadly shootings.
This action followed in the footsteps of the Sandy Hook families who won a $73 million settlement against gun-manufacturer Remington!
Those families fought for years to expose the gun industry's dangerous practice of marketing to children - targeting troubled young men with hypermasculine advertisements and violent video game product placement.
Gun manufacturing is a multi-billion dollar business that profits off of deadly products. These corporations have a responsibility to keep their weapons out of the wrong hands. Instead, predatory advertising targeting our children proves that they value shareholder profits over the lives of our children.
Updates on a possible lawsuit will be posted here as they are available. In the meantime, those interested in advocating for gun safety locally should look into joining San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention or one of their coalition partners.