San Diego County supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to formally adopt an ordinance requiring safe firearm storage and prohibiting the distribution or creation of untraceable “ghost guns” in the county.
As they did earlier this month, Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher and Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas supported the measure, while their colleagues Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond were opposed.
Ghost guns are unregulated firearms that lack serial numbers by which they can be identified. They are typically assembled from purchased or homemade components. Minors or those normally prohibited from owning firearms can purchase such a weapon without a background check.
Once it takes effect in 30 days, the county ordinance will:
- update definitions regarding firearms to include non-serialized ghost guns and parts;
- prohibit the possession or distribution of gun parts without serial numbers, treating unfinished firearm parts just like a completed gun;
- prohibit 3D printing of firearms or parts; and
- require the safe storage of firearms .
Supervisors will also receive an annual report, based on a suggestion from Desmond, on the impact of gun violence within the county.
On Jan. 11, supervisors voted 3-2 to consider adopting the ordinance, and Tuesday’s actions were a second reading per county policy.