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The District is uncovering more and more ghost guns, and this has city officials concerned as they try to curb access to illegal guns and mitigate violence.

Ghost guns are firearms that are assembled through kits or made by 3D printers. Because they are homemade, ghost guns are untraceable, and the ones made largely or entirely from plastic evade metal detectors. 

D.C. recovered three ghost guns in 2017 and 25 in 2018. But in 2019, 115 ghost guns were recovered, City Desk reports. These do-it-yourself weapons were used in three homicides in 2019, a year that saw the highest murder count in a decade. 

The Council is considering a bill to ban these guns. Per David Pucino, a staff attorney with Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the legislation introduced by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson on behalf of Mayor Muriel Bowser, doesn’t catch them all. Read more about why online. —Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? Email agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com


CITY DESK LINKS, by Amanda Michelle Gomez:

  • “I just feel that they don’t know that much about Iranians and how we live in Tehran.” Local Iranians talk about what it’s been like since the president declared war. [WAMU]   

  • Today is the last day to submit comments to D.C.’s Comprehensive Plan, a 20-year framework that guides future growth and development. Don’t be intimated, 730DC has you covered. [730DC

  • Council moves forward with bill to broaden its ban on expanded Styrofoam products and other plastic products like packaging peanuts. [WasteDive]

  • Shameless plug: I was on a panel about D.C. education hosted by the Ward 7 Education Council. It was very helpful. I’d recommend the idea to others like ANCs. [Twitter]

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Mayor Muriel Bowserloves Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and everybody knows it. [WCP]

  • Big Brother is watching the bike lanes now. [WAMU]

  • Meet Yilin Zhang, the political newcomer, and the only woman running to replace Jack Evans as the Ward 2 councilmember. [DCist]

  • Let them eat ‘shrooms (and other natural psychedelics). [WAMU]

  • D.C. officials are refusing to release a public report on cybersecurity. [NBC]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • Nina May has a vegetarian brunch dish that tastes a little like pastrami hash. [WCP]

  • Prequel’s five-year run hosting pop-ups that have launched major restaurants comes to an end. [WCP]

  • Farmers markets that keep cranking in the winter. [DCist]

  • Where to slurp soup down this winter. [Washingtonian]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Local author Andie J. Christopher’s Not the Girl You Marry is a quirky new romantic tale. [WCP]

  • Liz At Large: “Sun” [WCP]

  • The Spy Museum will try to make its torture exhibit less yikes. [BuzzFeed News]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Washington NFL team is making more front office moves. Senior vice president of football operations Eric Schaffer is out after 17 seasons with the team, while Doug Williams has been reassigned from the personnel department to player development. [NFL.com]

  • Michael A. Taylor and the Nats have agreed on a one-year deal for 2020. [Federal Baseball]

  • The NHL-best Capitals take on the New Jersey Devils tomorrow at Capital One Arena. [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Maryland men’s basketball star Anthony Cowan Jr. has been named to the Wooden Award midseason list. [Testudo Times]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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