Attorney General James sues national gun distributors

Published: Jun. 29, 2022 at 2:24 PM EDT
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NEW YORK (WBNG) - New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against multiple gun distributors for what she described as “fueling the gun violence crisis and endangering New Yorkers.”

In the lawsuit, James alleges that 10 gun distributors sold tens of thousands of illegal, unfinished frames and receivers to New Yorkers that were then converted into unserialized, untraceable handguns and assault-style weapons, known as ghost guns.

“Ghost guns don’t discriminate,” said James, “They kill young, old, Black, white, Asian, Latino. It’s an equal opportunity death weapon.”

She said these gun distributors violated several laws, including New York’s licensing laws, by selling weapons to felons and others without a background check.

“These companies have greatly contributed to the crisis,” said James, “Their products have claimed many lives and perhaps most disturbing they are knowingly and intentionally selling these weapons to anyone and everyone without care.”

For the first time, Attorney General James is invoking a newly enacted Public Nuisance statute.

Under the Public Nuisance claim, Attorney General James said the distributors have endangered the safety and health of the public by selling and bringing dangerous and illegal products into New York and by failing to adopt reasonable controls and procedures to prevent their products from falling into improper hands.

The businesses named in Attorney General James’ lawsuit include Brownells, Inc. (Brownells), Blackhawk Manufacturing Group (80 Percent Arms), Salvo Technologies, Inc. (80 P Builder or 80P Freedom Co), G.S. Performance, LLC (Glockstore), Indie Guns, LLC (Indie Guns), Primary Arms, LLC (Primary Arms), Arm or Ally, LLC (Arm or Ally), Rainier Arms, LLC (Rainier Arms), KM Tactical LLC, and Rock Slide USA, LLC (Rock Slide).

“While families mourned loved ones lost to senseless gun violence, gun sellers avoided accountability for the illegal and dangerous weapons they sold,” said James. “There should be no more immunity for gun distributors bringing harm and havoc to New York.”

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