Gun Makers Pay Settlement Over Shady Loophole

Firearms manufacturers who’d been selling banned rifles as unassembled “gun kits” agree to fines, stricter rules.

Since California passed a ban in the year 2000 on firearm magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, gun manufacturers have come up with some pretty creative ways around that rule. The main loophole has been to sell these parts as “gun kits” — unassembled, presumably for repair purposes, but containing all the parts that one could just put together.

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sued a group of gun manufacturers in February of this year for that very practice,  “It takes a particular type of miscreant to compromise the safety of Californians simply for profit,” San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said at the time. “The only purpose of these magazines is to kill as many people as quickly as possible. They have no place in our neighborhoods.”

Whatever Herrera said in that lawsuit must have worked. His lawsuit named five separate gun manufacturers, and all five just agreed to a settlement in which they’d pay $22,500, agreed to stop selling the kits in California, and relabeled many aspects of their websites that indicated the “repair kits” could be purchased legally in California.

The ammunition companies had marketed these magazines — and these were ammunition magazines, not the full rifles — with phrases like “California Magazine Rebuild Kit,” “these parts kits are intended for California customers only,” or for “ban States such as California.”  

The five out-of-state companies, Badger Mountain Supply, 7.62 Precision, Shooters Plus, LAK Supply,, also agreed to produce affadavits each year confirming that they’ve complied with the settlement.


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