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Parents of California high school shooting victims and the state sue ATF over ‘ghost guns’


The Mercury News - The fathers of two teenagers killed in last year’s shooting at a Santa Clarita high school are suing federal firearm regulators who they say are allowing untraceable “ghost guns” to fall into the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.

Bryan Muehlberger and Frank Blackwell, fathers of 14-year-old Gracie Anne Muehlberger and 15-year-old Dominic Blackwell, joined the state of California and former U.S. Rep. Gabby Gifford’s anti-gun-violence foundation in suing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

They’re arguing the ATF is refusing to use its authority to regulate “ghosts guns,” weapons that can be built at home using kits found online to fashion working firearms out of unfinished pistol frames and rifle receivers.

The federal lawsuit aims to tighten up the law.

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