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Lawmakers advance bill to bar manufacture of 'ghost guns'

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2018 | 12:00 AM

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP):

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a measure to prohibit the purchase of firearms parts used to make untraceable weapons, or so-called ghost guns.

The Democrat-led Senate law and public safety committee approved the measure yesterday. The panel is also considering a half-dozen gun-controlled measures that have cleared the Democrat-controlled Assembly.

Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy has said he generally supports measures aimed at tightening the state's already-strict gun laws.

The ghost-gun bill calls for barring the purchase of separate parts or kits that could be used to manufacture a firearm that cannot be traced by law enforcement.

It is already unlawful to make a handgun, rifle or shotgun without a license and manufacturing a machine gun, sawed-off shotgun, or assault firearm is also illegal.