Payam Javan: The San Jose City Council unanimously approved an ordinance on Tuesday that plugs a gap in the law prohibiting ghost weapons.
The rule would make it illegal to own, possess, assemble, or distribute weapons without serial numbers, also known as ghost guns, in San Jose.
According to the San Jose Police Department in California, the ATF seizes roughly 30% of weapons as ghost guns. In San Jose, investigators reported that about a quarter of the 963 weapons seized by authorities in 2021 lacked serial numbers.
The bill will be read a second time on May 17. However, enforcement would not commence for another six months to allow people to turn in their ghost weapons and ghost gun kits.