So I have to go back to the roots of why things have serial numbers…
- SNs often include manufacturing date/lot, or can be linked to manufacturing date/lot
- SNs allow tracking of manufacturing issues, when there is a quality problem (to go back to a lot or a date and determine what other guns manufactured at the same time might have an issue, maybe do a recall)
- SNs allow the manufacturer to notify the buyer if there is a problem with the manufacturing of the lot (recall) if the buyer has registered their purchase with the company
and IF there is registration:
- SN can be used to track a firearm back to it’s owner.
There is NOTHING about serial numbers that can do any of the following:
- prevent a mass shooting
- prevent a murder
- prevent an accidental shooting
- prevent a suicide
- match ballistics at a crime scene with a specific firearm or owner
- prevent an unauthorized person from handling a firearm
- prevent an unauthorized person from buying a firearm
So given that the above is true, having a gun with NO serial number only impacts the ability of a manufacturer to gather failure report data and perform recalls.
If the firearm is home-made, the person who made it isn’t going to be doing lot-quality data collection or issue recalls - so it totally doesn’t serve any purpose.
Correct me if I’m missing something here, but I’m not seeing the problem with “ghost guns.”