Rise of 'ghost gun' kit makers causes concern in Central Florida

Law enforcement says weapons untraceable


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – At least six companies that make kits that allow buyers to assemble military-style, semi-automatic rifles at home have sprung up in recent years in at least one central Florida county.

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The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that the kits have become popular with gun rights activists because the parts have no serial number or other markings, making them untraceable.

These so-called "ghost guns" can be purchased without a background check, which is legal because of the way the Federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives defines a firearm.

Under the law, no manufacturer-stamped serial number is needed if you make a gun for personal use.

The rise of these gun-kit makers in Volusia County has worried law enforcement, who say the unregistered guns can make it easy for criminals to arm themselves with untraceable weapons.