Federal firearms regulators met with arms industry representatives Friday to discuss weapons that can be made from parts purchased online, a sign that the Biden administration may address the proliferation of weapons known as guns. ghost.
The discussion led by officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and firearms manufacturers focused on a possible broadening of the definition of what counts as a firearm, according to the people who participated. Such a move could subject ghost guns to the same regulations as other firearms.
“ATF regularly meets with regulated industry participants to discuss matters of mutual concern,” said April Langwell, a spokeswoman for the agency, before the meeting. “One of those meetings is scheduled for this week, and the ATF looks forward to continuing this important dialogue.”
The National Shooting Sports Foundation, which represents the gun industry, participated in conjunction with several firearms manufacturers.
“We have not seen credible evidence and statistics to show that this is a major problem,” said Lawrence Keane, the NSSF’s attorney general. “We are happy to have a dialogue with the ATF, as we always are on issues that affect the industry.”