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Westmont ATF Reaction

Just days ago, two teens were caught in what authorities call the planning stages of a school shooting in Cambria County.

Dylan Huberman learned more about the weapons that were confiscated by police during their investigation.

“Anyone can really get their hands on one from a convicted felon to a person that’s under age.”

These were the makeshift weapons seized in connection to the attempted plot at Westmont Hilltop High School.

However, these firearms, dubbed ghost guns, got their name because they don’t have serial numbers, which ATF Special Agent Robert Kanata says is a huge problem for law enforcement.

“And normal firearm, which has proper markings and has been through federal regulation, allows us and law enforcement, specifically ATF, to trace those firearms, meaning we’ll be able
to see the pattern of life of their firearms from manufacturer to wholesaler to retailer to the first individual who purchased that gun.”

But with these probably new firearms, there is no lifeline of the firearm.

“We can never know how they were obtained in the first place,”

And Special Agent Kucha NADA says they’re relatively easy to make.

“Yeah, it’s just as simple as someone with, you know, the technological background just to go on the computer if they have a 3D printer and they could print up the components that
would allow them to build a firearm, which would be completely undetectable by law enforcement.”

And if someone wants to make a military grade weapon but doesn’t have the tech skills to make it.

Attorney General Merrick Garland says you can buy parts that someone else made in a kit.

“Currently, individuals can buy cad kits that contain all or almost all of the parts they need to assemble a gun.”

“They can put a working weapon together in as little as 30 minutes. The kids are aptly called by build shoot kits, and politicians at the national and state levels have spoken out against these guns because they don’t need background checks to be obtained.

Thanks to their non-existent serial numbers, if you go around and get one of these by building shoot kits, then anyone can start assembling it, have their own rifle, which is attained
without you having to go through any of the background checks without anyone knowing really so.”

And Senator Bob Casey tweeted a statement about this situation Today, and he said,

“I commend the Westmont Hilltop School District and law enforcement for preventing a tragedy. This disturbing story is yet another example of why we must continue to fight to prohibit
untraceable firearms.”


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