New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal

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NJ AG Announces Lawsuit Against Ghost Gun Sellers

March 22, 2019 - 2:08 pm

NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) — New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced what he claimed was the first ever lawsuit by a state against a "ghost gun" seller Friday.

Grewal says that U.S. Patriot Armory illegally sold a do-it-yourself gun kit.

The move allowed the company to skip state background checks and avoid serial numbers.

“We’re using our civil enforcement tools to hold them accountable and to really hit them where it hurts in their financial pockets,” Grewal said.

Adam Skaggs, of the anti-gun group started by Gabby Giffords, supports Grewal’s position, saying “New Jersey is providing a model for states across the country.”

The move comes just days after New Jersey made several arrests in an alleged “ghost gun” trafficking ring.

The untraceable guns were outlawed under a bill signed last November. It's a crime to build, possess or sell the guns, which are often created with 3D printers.

It’s believed the bust was the first of its kind in the state.