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Was the gun used in the Saugus High School shooting a 'ghost gun'?

Before we get to the heart of the matter, the school district that includes Saugus High School has announced that the school will be closed until after the Thanksgiving holiday. However, counseling will be provided at the school in the meantime.

Now, a report has come out that says investigators are still wondering where gunman Nathaniel Berhow was able to obtain the unregistered .45 he used to kill two students at the school. The LA County Sheriff’s Department is working with the ATF to determine if the firearm is what’s known as a ghost gun. If you’re not familiar with the term, a ghost gun is a gun that’s assembled after all the parts of the gun have been purchased separately. I first talked about ghost guns in this post. It’s another loophole that criminals use to get their hands on a gun when they’re prohibited from owning one.

If Berhow did indeed use a ghost gun, it makes me think that the guns that belonged to his father may have been actually secured. Those guns were later confiscated by police after the shooting. It would also show that this shooting was planned well in advance as a ghost gun can not be manufactured overnight. But if he was making a ghost gun the question then becomes how he was able to get gun parts without an adult in the house finding out?

Sadly, we may never know the answer to any of these questions as Berhow seems to have left little evidence behind.

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