Group pushes to shutter online “ghost gun” vendors

Michael Pfleger, Gabby Giffords, Mike Kelly
Father Michael Pfleger, left, Pastor at Saint Sabina Catholic Church in Chicago, speaks with former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz., right, and her husband Mike Kelly, center, right, before taking their seats for President Barack Obama's televised town hall at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Obama's proposals to tighten gun controls rules may not accomplish his goal of keeping guns out of the hands of would-be criminals and those who aren't legally allowed to buy a weapon. In short, that's because the conditions he is changing by executive action are murkier than he made them out to be. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A gun control group founded by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords wants to shut down two websites selling parts and machines to help make untraceable homemade firearms known as “ghost guns.”

The Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence tells The Associated Press they’ve asked the service providers that host and to disable the websites for violating the companies’ terms of service.

Ghost gun kits can be sold legally over the internet without the kind of background check required for traditional gun purchases. It’s legal to build a gun in a home or a workshop.

Cody Wilson, who runs, said the group is trying to “apply pressure to deplatform a legal, American business selling legal products to law-abiding customers.”

Representatives for hosting companies Shopify and DreamHost didn’t respond to emails seeking comment.


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