Federal agents raided one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of ghost-gun parts, a sign federal law enforcement is cracking down on kits that allow people to make weapons at home, reports the Wall Street Journal. Nevada-based Polymer80 is suspected of illegally manufacturing and distributing firearms, failing to pay taxes, shipping guns across state lines and not conducting background investigations. The probe focuses on Polymer80’s “Buy Build Shoot Kit,” which includes parts to build a “ghost” handgun. The kit, which Polymer80 sells online, meets the definition of a firearm, ATF investigators determined. That means it would have to be stamped with a serial number and couldn’t be sold to consumers who haven’t first passed a background check.
Agents seized records and other evidence in Thursday’s raid near Carson City. The raid by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents comes after ghost guns have been used more frequently in high-profile attacks. In September, two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies were shot while sitting in their patrol vehicle by a man using a handgun built from Polymer80 parts. Last year, a 16-year-old killed two students and wounded three others at Saugus High School in Southern California with a homemade handgun. Thursday’s raid is the most significant action against a ghost-gun company to date. Homemade ghost guns have grown in popularity and can’t be traced in criminal investigations because they lack serial numbers. Law-enforcement officials say they appeal to people who can’t pass background checks. Some 10,000 ghost guns were recovered by law enforcement in 2019.