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Peoria Police working to get ‘ghost guns’ off street

A 'ghost gun' seized by Peoria Police.
A 'ghost gun' seized by Peoria Police.(25 News / Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 7:23 PM CDT
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Peoria Police say they’ve already seized seven ‘ghost guns’ this year, as a new Illinois law banning their possession is set to go into effect this Fall.

A ‘ghost gun’ is a gun sold in a kit, which is then assembled by the customer. The guns don’t have serial numbers, which makes it harder for police to trace when they are used in crimes.

When they first became available, these kits were easier to obtain than a regular gun. Special Investigations Division Lieutenant James Chiola says it’s a problem with young people since the kits don’t require you to have a firearm license or FOID card to purchase them.

“People will buy these kits, they’ll make several firearms and then go sell them on the street,” Chiola said. “We’re not here to infringe on people’s Second Amendment rights. We’re here to keep the community safe.”

Over the past two years, you could legally possess a ‘ghost gun’ in Illinois if you had a FOID card, but you could not sell them without the proper permits. Governor Pritzker signed a law this year this goes into effect this Fall, that will ban both their sale and possession.

If you currently legally own one of these guns, you have until mid-November to take it to a licensed dealer to get it serialized, with some exceptions.

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