California settles lawsuit with ghost gun sellers 

Today, the GIFFORDS Law Center, the legal arm of the gun violence prevention group GIFFORDS, along with California Attorney General Rob Bonta, San Francisco District Attorney Brooke Jenkins and Keker, Van Nest & Peters, LLP, announced they reached an agreement to settle with three major ghost gun retailers. The lawsuit alleged that the retailers, Blackhawk Manufacturing Group, Inc.; MDX Corporation and GS Performance, LLC, were violating California law by selling ghost gun kits.

Each company has agreed to immediately stop selling firearm parts without serial numbers in California and to stop manufacturing such parts in California.

Importantly, the retailers have also agreed to stop misleading consumers about the legality of purchasing, possessing, or assembling firearm products without serial numbers in California. The agreement also included a significant monetary settlement: each retailer will pay civil penalties totaling $675,000: $500,000 for Blackhawk, $120,000 for Glockstore, and $55,000 for MDX. This win comes on the heels of GIFFORDS Law Center’s settlement in Philadelphia with Polymer 80, where the ghost gun company agreed to stop selling ghost gun parts in the city, as well as San Diego County’s lawsuit with GIFFORDS Law Center against ghost gun company Defense Distributed, announced last month.

Esther Sanchez-Gomez, Litigation Director, GIFFORDS Law Center.

“This is huge for California and the national fight against ghost guns,” said Esther Sanchez-Gomez, Litigation Director, GIFFORDS Law Center. “These reckless ghost gun sellers were selling ghost gun kits to California consumers who could not lawfully assemble them. Keeping these untraceable guns out of the state will save lives. We were proud to work with Attorney General Bonta, San Francisco District Attorney Jenkins, and Keker, Van Nest & Peters, LLP to secure this critical win for the people of California.”

Rob Bonta, California Attorney General.

“The manufacture and sale of ghost gun kits has created a largely chaotic industry that is a massive threat to public safety,” said Attorney General Rob Bonta. “As firearm-related deaths and injuries rise, we must look for upstream interventions that get to the crux of the gun violence epidemic. Getting these manufacturers and retailers to keep untraceable ghost guns off the market is a big win for public health and safety in California.”

For 30 years, the legal experts at GIFFORDS Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence have been fighting for a safer America by researching, drafting, and defending the laws, policies, and programs proven to save lives from gun violence.