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Nov. 27, 2019. “Ghost guns” on display at the headquarters of the San Francisco Police Department in San Francisco. Photo: Haven Daley/AP

Four U.S. cities on Wednesday sued the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for failing to regulate the sale of “ghost guns” amid a rise in violent incidents tied to the untraceable firearms, which can be built in just hours using online kits.

The lawsuit, by the cities of Syracuse, New York; San Jose, California; Chicago, Illinois; and Columbia, South Carolina, accused the agencies of “arbitrarily” excluding key parts for the guns from their enforcement of the Gun Control Act and allowing gun-building kits without serial numbers to be sold unchecked.

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