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The White House and media have recently claimed the following:

Law enforcement officers across the country increasingly find there is no way to trace certain guns they recover from crime scenes. [emphasis mine]

The article also references this recent announcement by the Department of Justice, which has a chart showing that the number of "ghost guns" in the US is increasing but doesn't give the actual source of their data.

  • Is there any data to back up this claim?
  • To what extent is this trend "increasing?"
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    Note that a gun which has been stolen is likewise effectively untraceable. Thus this smells deceptive. Apr 16 at 22:52
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    @LorenPechtel An untraceable firearm means any and all serial numbers or identifiable marker's marks are removed. A gun being stolen doesn't make it untraceable.
    – Legion600
    Apr 16 at 23:02
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    @LorenPechtel Being able to trace where a gun originated from can help the police find how it got into the hands of a person who committed a crime with said gun.
    – Legion600
    Apr 16 at 23:21
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    @LorenPechtel : It's more clear in the DOJ announcement, but the article and announcement are mostly referring to privately made firearms and not guns that were stolen.
    – Giter
    Apr 17 at 0:27
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    Ghost guns include, but are not limited to, partially 3D printed firearms.
    – JacobIRR
    Apr 17 at 19:03

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