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New York Sues 10 Gun Companies Over Alleged ‘Ghost Gun’ Parts Distribution

The Daily Caller logo The Daily Caller 6/29/2022 Nicole Silverio
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 29: New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell (C) attends a news conference with New York Attorney General Letitia James (L), New York City Mayor Eric Adams (R) and others to announce a new lawsuit against "ghost gun" distributors on June 29, 2022 in New York City. The city's lawsuit is against 10 distributors of gun components which are used in the illegal, and largely untraceable "ghost guns" that have significantly contributed to the violence on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) © (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 29: New York City Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell (C) attends a news conference with New York Attorney General Letitia James (L), New York City Mayor Eric Adams (R) and others to announce a new lawsuit against "ghost gun" distributors on June 29, 2022 in New York City. The city's lawsuit is against 10 distributors of gun components which are used in the illegal, and largely untraceable "ghost guns" that have significantly contributed to the violence on the streets of New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York filed suit against ten national gun distributors Wednesday, alleging they illegally sold so-called “ghost gun” frames and receivers to the public.

The lawsuit, filed by New York Attorney General Letitia James, alleges that the defendants sold the “unfinished” frames and receivers without a background check or traceable record of sale. The defendants allegedly violated federal law of selling firearms without a serial number in order for law enforcement to trace them during a crime scene.

The 10 distributors include Blackhawk Manufacturing Group, Salvos Technologies, Brownells Inc and Indie Guns LLC, according to the suit.

“In Defendants’ own words, the products they sell are ‘ridiculously easy’ to convert into fully operable and completely untraceable firearms. Nonetheless, despite their illegality, Defendants continue to sell these products into New York State,” the lawsuit said. “Defendants persist in endangering the health and safety of the public by delivering to private individuals everything they need to make a deadly firearm at home.”

Consumers can use these products to assemble a firearm within 30 minutes and sell it for up to $2,000, the suit said. The suit said these parts fall out of the federal definition of a firearm and are therefore able to sell them without following laws and regulations surrounding the purchase and sale of guns.

The frame refers to the core part of a pistol or handgun and the receiver is the core of a rifle, shotgun or other long gun, according to the suit.

The suit alleged that one of the defendants, Brownells, sold “ghost guns” to an individual with a criminal background and used one of the firearms in a triple shooting that killed one and injured two others in the Bronx. The individual also received shipments from Glockstore and Primary Arms, according to ABC News.

“Defendants’ illegal market and business practices permitted the killer to acquire a working firearm without any of what they refer to as ‘RED TAPE,'” the suit added.

The suit alleged that the companies have intentionally avoided federal law. Rainier Arms allegedly told buyers they can avoid going through a background check by purchasing a Freedom Wolf 80% Pistol Frame from their company.

Christian Waugh, a Florida attorney representing Indie Guns, said New York is “creating problems that give them political platforms” by vilifying law-abiding gun manufacturers.

“This is a politically-motivated effort to vilify a small business that has violated no constitutional federal, state, or municipal law. Craft guns are not a problem. The escalating violence in our big cities is caused by bad policies, such as disempowering economic policies or simply unfunded police departments — not craft guns. This lawsuit seeks to deflect blame from the voters who will hold them accountable.”

“Sadly, these lawsuits are also a concerted but groundless attempt to once again burden and limit the rights of New York residents under the Constitution only days after the Supreme Court of the United States rebuked New York City for other unconstitutional restrictions on those rights,” he continued.

Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ office announced the city filed a lawsuit against five online gun retailers for the alleged sale of so-called ghost guns.

The Supreme Court struck down a New York law Thursday that required “proper cause” for a person to obtain a license to open carry a handgun in public. The majority opinion, authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, argued the law violates the 14th Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.


Video: New York governor signs gun reform bills into law (ABC News)

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