“Ghost guns” a growing problem in Ventura County, law enforcement say

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The phrase “ghost guns” may bring to mind phantom Wild West shoot-outs or supernatural weapons, but the true meaning tells a far different story.

The term refers to firearms that are constructed at home without a federal serial number, making them unregistered and untraceable for regulators.

In recent months, Ventura County law enforcement officials have noted a rise in the number of these types of firearms, although statistical data was not readily available.

“Anecdotally, looking at some of the cases that I see, particularly the units I oversee, we’ve definitely seen an increase on the street,” said Cmdr. Tim Kelley, who manages special operations for the Oxnard Police Department.

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