• Thursday at 5 p.m.: ‘Ghost guns' federal loophole allows felons to legally buy gun parts online

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    Some criminals are getting their hands on guns they would never be able to legally buy.

    They’re called ‘ghost guns’ -- weapons without a serial number that don’t require identification or a background check.

    The buyer can purchase the gun parts online and put the weapon together at home.

    The kits cost about $500.

    KIRO 7 found many online businesses that sell all of the parts needed for an unfinished rifle.

    These “ghost guns” have been used in deadly shootings, including one in northern California last year. Undercover ATF agents in Sacramento also busted a “ghost shop” gun manufacturer, who advertised that he could help someone make a gun in under 20 minutes.

    Gun control advocates are working to restrict these online sales, but gun owners say most of the people who buy gun parts online are simply ‘hobbyists.’

    “If a person wants to commit a crime with a firearm or any other kind of weapon, they’re going to get their hands on it anyway,” said Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation in Bellevue.

    At 5, KIRO 7 investigates the underground ‘ghost guns’ market and why many are pushing to close the federal loophole that makes them legal.

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