CA Joins Lawsuit Against "Ghost Gun" Kit Manufacturers

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If you create a product that complies with all laws, should you face financial ruin because some people who shouldn’t be messing around with your products actually did so? For example, back in the day, microwaves messed with people’s pacemakers. Should microwave makes have been sued because people with pacemakers bought them?

Probably not. Yet with some makers of kits for so-called ghost guns, that’s the reality they face.

And now, another state is throwing its weight into the ring against these types of firearms.

The state is joining a historic lawsuit against the makers of “ghost gun” assembly kits that can be used to make an untraceable firearm at home.

The lawsuit has been filed against Blackhawk Manufacturing Corp., MDX Corporation, and GS Performance, LLC, over their sales of gun kits that buyers can use to self-assemble firearms without serial numbers and cannot be traced – otherwise known as “ghost guns.”

“When firearms are built at home by individuals who have not passed a background check and have not had their guns properly serialized, it leaves law enforcement in the dark, and the public less safe,” Attorney General Rob Bonta said in a statement. “

Such firearms have been used in a number of high-profile shootings in Southern California, including the ambush of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies last September and in the 2019 Saugus High School shooting that killed two students.

I’m just going to ask one simple question. In Southern California, how many high-profile shootings have there been in total? Can anyone keep count?

Why is it that these two shootings are somehow more important? Why do the lives lost to California’s failed gun control policies matter far less than those lost to so-called ghost guns? I mean, I don’t see California tripping over itself to fix that issue.

Here’s the question, though. Did these companies do anything illegal?

Keep in mind that these kits are legal in California, so there’s no reason for makers to refuse Californians who wish to buy them. So, what laws are they breaking?


What this lawsuit is really about is that they think these makers should be more responsible or something, but let’s remember that since these aren’t firearms, they not only aren’t treated like guns but they kind of can’t be treated like them. It’s not like these companies can run a NICS check on buyers. NICS doesn’t work like that.

But that doesn’t actually matter to any of these states involved in the lawsuit.

See, this is lawfare, plain and simple. These states can’t create federal law, so they’re hoping to bankrupt these companies. If there are no companies selling kits, then it doesn’t matter if they’re still technically legal.

Plus, since the taxpayers of these states are footing the bill, they’ve got deeper pockets than the small operations they’re suing. It means they don’t even have to win, necessarily, and that’s the disturbing part.

As for California jumping in on this, I’m mostly surprised they weren’t part of it from the very start. This seems like a very California kind of thing.