"Ghost Gun" Homemade
Shotguns At Columbus "Buyback"

Image: from 'turn-in' video

By Dean Weingarten. Nov 1, 2021

A few years ago, "ghost gun" homemade shotguns were appearing at gun "buyback" turn-in events, as makers of the simple shotguns cashed in on the money to be had. Gun "buyback" is an Orwellian term. You cannot "buyback" a gun you never owned before.

In a recent turn-in event on October 23, from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. in Columbus, Ohio, it appears two of the shotguns were turned in for $50 each. The guns show a bit of craftsmanship. The hose clamps are nicely clipped instead of having excessive over-run, the stock is inletted for the barrel and clamping system, and the pipe-barrel muzzle is squared off and trimmed. The materials cost about $10

The event brought in a little less than 100 guns. Some of them were worth far more than the $50 offered. From 10tv.com:

The Public Safety office told us they received 73 handguns, 11 shotguns, and 13 rifles.

Here is the Link to a Youtube video of the event. It is said to be the first event of its type held in Columbus. From 10tv.com:

This was the first gun buyback held by Columbus police.
Public Safety Director Robert Clark said first the guns will be run through the system after being received.
If the guns are reported stolen, they'll then be returned to the rightful owner.
If the gun is linked to a crime, detectives will then take over and investigate.

The homemade "ghost guns" have no serial number. They are made all over the world where factory guns are difficult to get. There is some dispute about how much was being paid out at the event. .....

"Homemade guns have been made in the United States since before it became the United States. Bans on making your own legal guns are a new and, very likely, unconstitutional infringement on the right to keep and bear arms.There are no federal restrictions on making your own guns, as long as the guns are legal to own."


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