Michael Gerstein

Gerstein is a freelance journalist based in Chicago. His work has been in the Associated Press, ABC News, Business Insider, Chalkbeat, Global News, PBS, Salon, U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo News, Detroit News, WWJ-TV (Detroit, Mich.), Seattle Times, the New Mexican, New Mexican Report and other publications. During the New Mexico Legislature’s 2021 session he wrote nonpartisan legislative analysis for a private bill-tracking firm. Gerstein holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from the University of Michigan.
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New ghost gun rule unlikely to stem violence amid thriving youth gun culture

Ghost guns — so-called because they are nearly impossible to trace — are sold in parts and assembled by the buyer. Until recently, they were not classified as firearms, meaning there were no background checks and dealers didn’t have to be federally-licensed. That has opened the door for traffickers, teens and people with felony records to get ghost guns. Miranda Viscoli, co-president of New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence, said, “I’ve asked kids how fast they could get a gun off the street, and they say ‘Eh, 20, 30 minutes.’”

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