Man arrested for possessing homemade gun

A ghost gun on display. Photo provided by San Diego County Sheriff’s Department

By SDCN Editor

Vista, CA–A man is facing multiple charges after being found with a ghost gun during a pedestrian stop in Vista on Wednesday, authorities said.

The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. in the 1200 block of North Citrus Avenue. 

Deputies with the Vista Sheriff’s Station’s Gang Enforcement Team stopped a man who had multiple felony warrants. The man attempted to avoid the deputies and fled on foot. Deputies chased after the man and took him into custody. Deputies found him in possession of a ghost gun and loaded magazine, Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Seung Park in a news release.

The man was identified as 51-year-old Clinton Bailey. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on charges of possessing an illegal firearm and ammunition, as well as on five felony warrants.

Unlike legal firearms, ghost guns are not marked with serial numbers. Authorities can’t track their origins or their owners, making it harder for law enforcement to investigate or solve a crime.

Since the beginning of the year, the Vista Gang Enforcement Team has confiscated 16 ghost guns.

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