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NY AG Letitia James wants a judge to stop 6 companies that still sell DIY ghost gun kits

New York Attorney General Letitia James is cracking down on six gun parts distributors in Florida, North Carolina, Iowa and Washington state and is asking a Manhattan judge to stop them from selling illegal parts for “ghost guns” in her state.

In a lawsuit in late June against a total of 10 companies, James said that rifle parts do not have serial numbers and can be used to make untraceable guns — even AR-15 rifles — at home with only basic tools. The lawsuit accuses the companies of violating state and federal law by selling parts without background checks, including to convicted criminals.

A new filing Thursday asked a state judge to issue an injunction against six companies that claim they continue to sell DIY firearm parts to New Yorkers despite their lawsuit.

In the past few weeks, each of the six companies has sold unfinished gun frames to undercover investigators, and shipped them to the New York City neighborhoods of Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx, according to court papers filed by her office.

“We will continue to fight to protect New Yorkers and bring justice to communities devastated by gun violence,” AG said in a statement released Thursday.

Two of the companies that James is targeting are in Florida. They are 80 percent of Guns in Seminole, and Indy Rifles in Orlando.

James said in a statement Thursday that 80 percent guns boasts on its website that its products “make it incredibly easy for a non-mechanic to finish [the pistol frame] in less than an hour without the need for a drill bit.”

Two of the companies are located in North Carolina: Arm or Ally, LLC in Charlotte and Rock Slide USA in Broadway.

The remaining two companies are Rainier Arms in Auburn, Washington, and Brownells, Inc. in Grinnell, Iowa.

James said the Rainier Arms webpage markets an AR-15-compatible frame, and offers detailed milling instructions.

She said the Brownells website offers “step-by-step video instructions on finishing a Glock-compatible pistol frame and a phone support line where customers can ask for help.”

The companies are defying the AG’s suit and have yet to respond to the bureau’s efforts to immediately prevent them from selling the parts in New York.

Representatives of the six companies declined to comment or did not immediately respond when contacted on Thursday.

James’s initial injunction would order them to “immediately cease selling, shipping, distributing, or otherwise providing incomplete tires or receivers to any person or entity with a current address in the State of New York.”

Smith

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