What Does the Rise of Homemade Guns Mean for Gun Laws? We Made One To Find Out. | NYT

What Does the Rise of Homemade Guns Mean for Gun Laws? We Made One To Find Out. | NYT

Virtually anyone can buy a kit online to build a gun from parts — without a background check. That raises questions about the future of gun regulation.

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  1. Marcus Ward on November 29, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Should We Be Armed? | Marcus Ward Show https://youtu.be/I4F6jMVxUA4

  2. Marie Smit on November 29, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    It’s been legal in the US to build your own firearms for centuries. The law is clear: you can build.the firearm for your own use, but it can’t be sold or given to anyone without being serialized.

  3. Legate Lanius on November 29, 2021 at 6:49 pm

    The serial number is just in case your gun gets lost or stolen. The police will upload the number and see if it was reported stolen. Having a serial number doesn’t mean it is GPS tracked, nobody is going to find you just by that. If you don’t upload your serial number, it is equal to not having one.

  4. Paul on November 29, 2021 at 6:51 pm

    “Homemade” is nonsense . That’s like calling an IKEA flat pack a homemade patio set.

  5. Chris R on November 29, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    It means your unconstitutional gun laws are about as enforceable as prohibition.

  6. Alex Heinz on November 29, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Nothing because they are protected by the 2nd amendment

  7. Noble on November 29, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    I will be reporting you Jeremy white I hope you go to jail

  8. Andrew Richison on November 29, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    It would be alot cheaper for a criminal to steal or buy a stolen one off the streets because building a firearm is very expensive hobby you got to buy tools, jigs, speciality tools and have the knowledge and that’s not including the complete part’s kit and part’s kit start at 500 dollar’s.

  9. BreakTide on November 29, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Mann i need a gun but i can’t get one until im 21 I’m currently 19 and got attacked by dogs and dealt with bangers that tried to check my friend and I . I feel so vulnerable

  10. samdur 17 on November 29, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    A serial number isn’t an airtag

  11. Christopher Davis on November 29, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Going this route is also more time-consuming, more difficult, and more expensive than just buying a gun off the street, which is pretty much just has untraceable. The only difference is that if someone buys a stolen gun off the street compared to they’re making one of these ghosts guns is that with the stolen gun there is a chance of tracing it back to the original owner. And returning that owner’s property to them. It will do absolutely nothing to trace down the Criminal Who used it!

  12. Daniel Ortiz on November 29, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    "Right now, we really don’t know what we don’t know." Yep sounds just like a representative.

  13. Bob Burn on November 29, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    Well can’t buy them in U.K. so im not happy

  14. DB S on November 29, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    So is the gun the problem or the criminal? Because when Australia banned guns guess what happened sexual assualts spiked. Instead of just focusing on criminals which would make everyone happy you focus on taking away guns which: disadvantage law abiding citizens and help criminals by giving them peace of mind that they won’t be shot. Honestly the left is for thugs and rapists.

  15. nonya bidness on November 29, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    So this goober had to leave the state, get experienced builders and use their tools to build one. Seems like he has more means and privilege’s than most criminals.

  16. Noble on November 29, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    You realized you broke the law right? I hope New York department of justice arrests your a**

  17. TheFlatEarthChannel.com on November 29, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Hopefully you got charged for the gun and did some jail time. One man can only wish

  18. Maggilla Guerrilla on November 29, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    “Ghost guns” 👻 👻 what a funny little word the MSM has invented.

  19. Zdravko Novosel on November 29, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Unfortunately here in Europe all gun parts or kits requires gun permits. It’s imposssible to order anything online,we can pick up guns or ammo just in gunstores,with gun registration of course.

  20. Daily Dose of Rips on November 29, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Why do people everyone is out to hurt people lol makes me think they are the crazy ones

  21. Hi on November 29, 2021 at 7:08 pm

    You can’t do this In New York

  22. Bob Bobbington on November 29, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    You made one and didn’t go crazy? Really?

  23. Jeremy White on November 29, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    I’m the Times reporter building the gun in this video. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a gun kit online with basically no screening. It only took me six hours using some basic tools to assemble a working firearm. They’re called “ghost guns.” There are dozens of sites that sell these kits and some even take Bitcoin. It would be easy to buy one with complete anonymity – so anyone could get a gun kit even if they couldn’t pass a background check.

    A lot of people think ghost guns are just 3D printed guns. These kits are kind of the opposite. Instead of adding material with a printer, there’s extra material that needs to be removed. Also worth noting: the finished gun won’t have a serial number on it, so if it’s found at a crime scene there’s no way to trace it back to its owner.

    I like building stuff, but I’ve been living in Manhattan for almost a decade, so I’m a bit rusty. Still, I built the gun in a half a day using some YouTube tutorials and basic hand tools. It was harder than I thought, but at the end of the day, I still had a working gun. And I think I could do it much faster next time.

    For me, this is a question of access. Pretty much anyone who wants a gun kit can get one. A firearms expert told me the kits themselves won’t increase crime, but law enforcement is worried about their growing popularity.

    I’m starting to cover gun issues more for the Times. I did a story earlier this year about assault weapon laws: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/07/31/us/assault-weapons-ban.html and you can find more stories, gun-related and otherwise, that I’ve done here: https://www.nytimes.com/by/jeremy-white



  24. Jake Noland on November 29, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Cool stuff!! I’m going to try it!

  25. K k on November 29, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Yea sure and lets put QR codes on kitchen knifes to trace it back to the owner…..

  26. Gaydolf Shitler on November 29, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Why does the government need to know if it exists? Do they plan of doing something bad?

  27. Kaleb Lotz on November 29, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    Isn’t any firearm without a serial number illegal, didn’t he make an illegal firearm and post it? I haven’t finished the full video yet(FYI). I’m an avid second amendment supporter, even okay with firearms without serial numbers (still constantly thinking about the morality and legality attached to it). But isn’t what he did VERY illegal?

  28. Koki Gephart on November 29, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    So the gun is traceable. You simply go pick up grandpa at the nursing home and have him do the purchase.

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  31. andre M on November 29, 2021 at 7:22 pm

    Responsible gun owners do not commit crimes. Criminals will get a gun despite gun control, look at Chicago. It’s disgusting how you portray gun owners as some kind of shady criminal when in reality most gun owners just want to protect their family. Not surprised coming from a limp wrist

  32. Royal Wins on November 29, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    We will print them from scratch. We cannot be stopped.

  33. Bob by on November 29, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    "Right now we dont know what we dont know"

    Who tf votes for these people??

  34. knowwhatim sayin on November 29, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    I’d rather get a factory Glock those guns jamm n are for crooks if you have nothing to hide and are a law abiding citizen then why get a ghost gun unless you’re a weirdo tryna do a crime

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  36. Coal Digger5 on November 29, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    Going to a retired atf agent with a ghost gun big mistake

  37. Lady Killer on November 29, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Nobody outside the left calls this ghostgun 😂

  38. Genalation on November 29, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    Homemade guns have been legal since 1776

  39. no body on November 29, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    If we just ban the Kits Then there’s no problem Where does the kits come from anyway 🐔🥚😏

  40. Glizzyz on November 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Jemery White look like a retired bank robber

  41. First Name Last Name on November 29, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Gun control is dead, and there’s nothing you tyrants can do to revive it 😉

  42. M Chambers on November 29, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    This guy really doesn’t get it. The point isn’t that guns should be traceable, it’s that guns CANNOT BE TRACEABLE!!!! So new guns laws wouldn’t do anything but annoy legal gun owners.

  43. kobudo on November 29, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    The reporter didn’t seem to ask a very important question. How does the serial number make it easier to determine if a gun was used in a crime? If it’s stolen and it shows up in a pawn shop, that’s the only way it would help, but that’s a property crime — not a violent crime, and any pawn shop with an FFL would know that unserialized, homemade guns are not legally transferable.

    Murder weapons aren’t sold; they’re discarded. Forensics experts don’t test a potential firearm’s serial number to match it to a crime.

  44. Legate Lanius on November 29, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Why did he turn it in? He could have broken the frame and sold the parts without the hassle of a police report

  45. Xavier Superflyy69 on November 29, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Actually easier to buy a regular gun then these tbh

  46. Muffin Man on November 29, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    It means gun laws don’t work

  47. Yung Marr on November 29, 2021 at 7:36 pm


  48. S w on November 29, 2021 at 7:37 pm

    I could care less what any Govt agent or a NYT reporter has to say

  49. Jacob Lattimore on November 29, 2021 at 7:39 pm

    You forgot to talk about how the police actually trace firearms found at crime scenes. And how rarely it’s actually of any help at all during an investigation. But that would poke too many holes I guess…..

  50. David Grover on November 29, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    It means your Authoritarian dreams are in the toilet.
    Don’t feel bad it has been that way since at least 1942.