EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Out of the announcements made by President Joe Biden on Thursday morning, the action on “ghost guns” was the one that Evansville Chief of Police Billy Bolin weighed in on heavily.
“From a law enforcement perspective, that’s something that makes sense to me,” Chief Bolin said.
“Ghost Guns” are homemade firearms assembled from kits that can be purchased without the buyer going through a background check.
“They have no serial numbers, so when they show up at a crime scene, they can’t be traced,” President Biden said during Thursday’s address.
The president is calling for those kits to be treated as firearms under the Gun Control Act, which would require serial numbers to be placed on the key parts, and a background check conducted on the buyer.
“If we have a gun that’s recovered and maybe we don’t know who the suspect is, if we had a serial number at least we can track back to where it originated, who originally bought it, who made it and start putting those steps together,” Chief Bolin said. “I think it could be beneficial for us.”
President Biden also wants to make it easier for states to pass Red Flag Laws. These allow individuals to petition for police to remove guns from someone who has been deemed a danger to themselves or others.
Red Flag Laws already exist in the state of Indiana.
“If we think they’re going through a traumatic event in their life, where they could potentially use these to hurt somebody, or making some threats that they may, that would be a time where we want to intervene and see if we can get the courts to cooperate and have us hold onto their guns temporarily,” Chief Bolin said.