Biden’s Ghost Gun Ban Didn’t Last Very Long

( In a column in the Federalist last week, writer Max McGuire explains why President Biden’s executive order purportedly banning the sale of ghost guns did not have the desired outcome the White House had expected.

Biden’s “ghost gun” executive order added a regulation to the Federal Register redefining the assembly kits sold to make guns as a firearm. The kits include an unfinished frame, a jig, drill bits, and parts. It redefined the kits themselves as a “firearm” therefore any retailer that sells the parts in one kit is technically selling a “firearm.” So unless the unfinished frame includes a serial number, the retailer would be breaking the law.

But McGuire points out that the executive order does nothing to ban the sale of ghost guns.

For those looking to purchase a home-assembly gun, all it takes is buying each part separately. So long as the retailer sells each part separately and ships them in separate boxes, Biden’s executive order changes not one thing.


McGuire writes that within minutes of the ghost-gun executive order going into effect, retailers did just that. They broke down each home-assembly kit into separate packages and started selling the parts as individual items.

Some online retailers refused to sell all four parts, forcing buyers to search online for the additional parts, so that no single retailer could be accused of selling a so-called ghost gun.

McGuire notes that Biden’s executive order went into effect at midnight on August 24 and by one minute after midnight, the items that used to be sold in a kit were being sold separately by online retailers.

Sure, it requires buyers looking to assemble their own guns to jump through a few additional hoops, including paying multiple shipping charges. But at the end of the day, Biden’s executive order did nothing to stop the sale of these home-assembly guns.

Read McGuire’s entire column HERE.