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Ghost gun distributors ordered to stop selling in New York

March 10, 2023 Robert Abruzzese
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Attorney General Letitia James has secured a court order to immediately halt the sale and shipping of unfinished frames and receivers by ten national gun distributors, her office announced on Thursday. These components are key to the manufacture of untraceable “ghost guns,” which have been used in violent crimes across the state.

In a statement, James emphasized the importance of protecting New York communities and getting dangerous weapons off the streets. The court order follows a motion for a preliminary injunction that was filed in January against the ten gun distributors, demanding that they stop selling and shipping illegal ghost gun parts to New York consumers.

“Today’s court order will help protect New York communities and save New Yorkers’ lives,” Attorney General James said. “Ghost guns and easy-to-assemble ghost gun kits have caused violence and devastation throughout our state. My office will continue enforcing our common sense gun laws, promoting public safety, and getting dangerous weapons off our streets.”

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The Attorney General’s office filed a lawsuit against the same ten distributors last June for selling and shipping ghost gun parts into New York. The case is currently pending in the Southern District of New York.

The ten gun distributors banned from shipping ghost gun kits into New York are: Brownells, Inc., 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).

Ghost guns have become a major concern for law enforcement officials across the state, as they can be easily assembled from parts purchased online and are difficult to trace. By halting the sale of unfinished frames and receivers, the Attorney General’s office hopes to make it harder for criminals to obtain these deadly weapons and reduce the number of gun-related deaths in New York, it said.

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