Press Release

Giffords Law Center Lauds New York Attorney General for Ordering Ghost Gun Sellers to Halt Business in New York

Attorney General Letitia James directs 16 ghost gun websites to cease and desist the sale of ghost guns in New York State

Ghost guns are untraceable and require no background checks, allowing felons and terrorists to easily get their hands on deadly weapons

September 23, 2019Giffords Law Center applauded New York Attorney General Letitia James for ordering 16 websites to halt the sale of ghost guns in New York. Ghost guns are do-it-yourself, untraceable firearms sold online with no background checks, increasingly making them the choice of gun traffickers and dangerous criminals.

Statement from David Pucino, staff attorney at Giffords Law Center:

“Companies that sell ghost guns in defiance of state law care more about profits than public safety in New York. For too long these online ghost gun companies have undermined New York’s laws by selling all the parts you need to make an untraceable assault weapon in your home, and have been providing access to these illegal weapons without so much as a background check. We commend Attorney General James for taking this important step to enforce the law and protect New Yorkers from these dangerous weapons.”

The action by Attorney General James follows a new law recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo banning the manufacture, sale, and possession of undetectable firearms, including those that can be manufactured on a 3D printer. In March, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal sued a purveyor of ghost guns, U.S. Patriot Armory, with a first-of-its-kind action to enjoin its dangerous and unlawful business practices.