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San Diego nets first conviction under new ghost guns ordinance

recently netted its first conviction under the city’s ordinance barring anyone from having , the City Attorney’s Office said Friday.

A 23-year-old man pleaded guilty last month to three misdemeanor charges linked to a December incident in which he tossed the gun as he ran from police, the office said in a news release.

His arrest happened two months after an ordinance banning possession of the non-serialized guns went into effect.

Ghosts guns are do-it-yourself firearms assembled by hand from parts that often come in prepackaged kits. Because the parts — like an unfinished gun frame — are not classified as guns, they have no serial numbers. Anyone can legally buy the parts.

San Diego police say officers are coming across them more often. The department confiscated 77 ghost guns in 2019. Last year, they seized 545 ghost guns — a sevenfold increase.

Last year, the city

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