Shared concerns about crime and an understaffed Asheville Police Department fostered an unusual alliance in today’s partisan times. An advocacy group called Asheville Coalition for Public Safety formed in October, bringing together community members of all political stripes who are concerned about crime, mental health, drug use and the unhoused population.
Ghost gun kits and other homemade firearms exist in a legal gray area, says Asheville Police Capt. Joe Silberman. That loophole creates the potential for the weapons to end up in the wrong hands.