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CA – GUN NEWS – LA sues Nevada firm over online sales of ‘ghost gun’ kits

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced a lawsuit Wednesday against Nevada-based Polymer80 for allegedly violating federal and California law by selling “ghost gun” kits online. “Untraceable ghost guns are the emerging weapon of choice for criminals, here in L.A. and around the country. We’re fighting to stem this tide at a time when gun violence is devastating neighborhoods in our city,” Feuer said. “Nobody who could buy a serialized gun and pass a background check would ever need a ghost gun. Yet we allege Polymer80 has made it easy for anyone, including felons, to buy and build weapons that pose a major public safety threat.” Of the 1,500 ghost guns that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives entered into its national database in 2019, more than 86% were made from Polymer80 components. The company shipped about 9,400 items to customers in California between January 2019 and October 2020, according to Feuer. He also said the ATF previously stated that of the 10,000 ghost guns recovered by law enforcement in the U.S. in 2019, approximately 2,700 were recovered in California. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said ghost guns are uniquely prevalent in Los Angeles. “We’re suddenly witnessing this surge in gun violence and many are asking what are the underlying influences or factors. I’m confident that undoubtedly a significant influence is too may guns in too many hands,” Moore said. “Ghost guns are a phenomenon not seen in many other cities, nowhere near the degree that we see here in Los Angeles.” Feuer noted that the convicted felon who allegedly ambushed two sheriff’s deputies in Compton in September used a ghost gun made with components sold by Polymer80. Polymer80 could not immediately be reached for a response to the lawsuit and allegations.  [full article]

 

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