Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Friday filed suit against a “ghost gun” company that allegedly sold an assault firearms kit online to an undercover state investigator.
This marks the first such lawsuit against a ghost gun distributor.
The defendant is James Tromblee Jr., founder and owner of the California-based ghost gun company U.S. Patriot Armory. The lawsuit alleges U.S. Patriot Armory violated the State’s Consumer Fraud Act by continuing to advertise and market ghost guns to New Jersey residents – and by delivering an assault firearms kit to a New Jersey buyer.
“New Jersey law is clear: ghost guns are illegal in our state,” said Grewal. “Since U.S. Patriot Armory decided to ignore our laws and advertise and sell ghost guns to New Jersey residents, I’m taking action.
“We’re filing the first state civil enforcement action against a ghost gun company to demand penalties and to get an order blocking New Jersey sales. This is my message to the entire ghost gun industry: If you continue selling dangerous and unlawful weapons into our state, we will come after you in court, just like we did against U.S. Patriot Armory today,” Grewal said.
“Ghost guns” are partially-assembled firearms sold with the parts needed to create a fully-operational gun – and often even with the instructions on how to do so.
Because “ghost guns” are incomplete at the moment of sale, the companies do not require their buyers to go through background checks. That allows prohibited persons to get firearms that they otherwise could not obtain. And completed “ghost guns” lack serial numbers, which makes it harder for law enforcement to trace the weapons to their owners and solve gun-related crimes.