Making Ghost Guns a Little Less Scary

Andrew Boyle

The term “Ghost Gun” is used to describe any firearm that does not have a serial number. The onset of 3D-printed firearms means that ghost guns with no external markings whatsoever will be a reality for IBIS users around the world when they’re trying to add a firearm exhibit into IBIS. Since these scenarios leave no way whatsoever to identify whom the manufacturer could be, we’ve added “Ghost Gun” as an option within the #IBIS Firearm Make drop list.

Ghost guns are also sometimes made by companies that only design, manufacture and sell firearm receivers that were made to 80% completion. U.S. law dictates that if 20% of the manufacturing has yet to be completed then the receiver is not legally considered a firearm and thus not legally bound to have a serial number applied to it by the manufacturer. Companies that do this, such as [click_to_tweet tweet=”Polymer80 and Lone Wolf R&D printed guns will be added to the #IBIS Firearm Make drop list” quote=”Polymer80 and Lone Wolf R&D will be added to the #IBIS Firearm Make drop list as they are brought to our attention.”]

As always, if you need any firearm makes, models and/or calibers added to your IBIS database you need only send the specifics to [email protected] and a representative from our Global Customer Service (GCS) will log the request so it can be added.

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