New Jersey’s Attorney General demands 80-percent receiver makers stop selling in state
By Chris Eger
New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, seen here at a law enforcement event on Tuesday in Trenton, wants “ghost gun makers” to know that the state is closed under threat of legal action. (Photo: Grewal’s office)
Attorney General Gurbir Grewal sent letters to a number of gun parts manufacturers threatening legal action unless they halt future sales in New Jersey.
Grewal’s action targets unnamed “ghost gun makers” who he argues advertises build and kits to New Jersey residents with possible civil action under New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, with as much as a $10,000 penalty for initial offenses. He holds that fraud is committed because the makers do not disclose that possessing a firearm classified under state law as an unregistered “assault weapon” in New Jersey is a crime.
“As the chief law enforcement officer for New Jersey, I demand you stop selling and advertising unregistered and unserialized assault weapons to New Jersey residents,” Grewal says in the letter. “Should you fail to comply with this demand within 15 days, my Office will initiate legal action.”
Grewal, 44, is the former prosecutor of Bergen County and was appointed by Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy in January to replace Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s Attorney General Christopher