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Governor Newsom Signs Bill by Assemblymember Ward to Prohibit Ghost Gun Sales at Del Mar Fairgrounds

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(SACRAMENTO,CA) – In California, 30 percent of guns recovered by law enforcement agencies in investigations now lack serial numbers, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In an effort to address the growing threat of firearm precursor parts, also known as ghost gun kits, Governor Newsom has signed AB 311 by Assemblymember Chris Ward into law. AB 311 will specifically prohibit the sale of ghost gun kits at Del Mar Fairgrounds.

“San Diego was the first major city to ban ghost guns, but ghost gun kits continue to pose a threat for law enforcement when criminals have access,” said Assemblymember Ward (D-San Diego). “AB 311 will close the loophole for sales of ghost gun kits the Del Mar Fairgrounds –– another step toward a safer future for all Californians.” 

In 2019, AB 893 prohibited the sale of firearms and ammunition at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, but the legislation did not specify precursor parts. Ghost guns that have no serial numbers undermine law enforcement's ability to solve crimes and threaten the safety of the public.