Oakland Police Chief LeRonne Armstrong this week praised federal legislation banning the production of unlicensed “ghost guns,” releasing a brief video message in which he also shared news of the city’s 34th homicide of 2022.
Armstrong also planned a news conference to share videos “that show the impact of these ghost guns and the role they play in gun violence in the city of Oakland.” The guns are called ghost guns because they lack serial numbers, making it virtually impossible to trace to crimes.
The time of the new conference had yet to be announced as of late Tuesday.
The new rule, signed Monday by President Joe Biden, bans unlicensed ghost gun kits that allow buyers to assemble the firearms themselves. The legislation classifies the kits as firearms, a change that requires manufacturers to include serial numbers and retailers to conduct background checks on buyers.
“This is a tremendous step forward,” Armstrong said in the video.
Armstrong began the nearly 90-second video message announcing that a 15-year-old girl shot Saturday night had died Sunday morning.
“Every homicide is unfortunate but the pain deepens when we lose children,” he said. “Our hearts go out to her family and the entire community.”