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Federal Judge Permanently Blocks Florida Gun Retailer in New York

A federal judge has issued a permanent ban on a Florida gun retailer, Indie Guns, preventing it from selling specific gun parts in New York. 

The ruling comes after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit against Indie Guns and nine other retailers, accusing them of distributing components used in assembling untraceable ghost guns.

Background of the Lawsuit

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New York Attorney General Letitia James initiated legal action against Indie Guns and other gun retailers in 2022, alleging the sale of components that could be used to create ghost guns.

Unserialized, Unregistered, Untraceable

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The company advertises “UNSERIALIZED UNREGISTERED UNTRACEABLE” on some of its products. 

Lawsuit Escalated to Federal Court

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The lawsuit, initially filed in the state Supreme Court, was later escalated to federal court due to the defendants’ claim of raising a significant federal question.

Court’s Judgment Against Indie Guns

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Federal Judge Jesse Furman’s ruling permanently prohibits Indie Guns from selling or delivering unfinished frames or receivers, essential parts for assembling firearms, within the state of New York.

Fines To Be Paid as Well

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The ruling also mandates Indie Guns to pay approximately $7.8 million to the state, reflecting its illegal profits and potential violations of local, state, and federal laws.

Response From Indie Guns

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Indie Guns owner Lawrence Destefano dismissed the lawsuit as “frivolous” and expressed intentions to contest the $7.8 million judgment imposed by the court.

Case Against Remaining 9 Defendants Still Being Pursued

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Despite the legal setback, the lawsuit against the remaining nine defendants continues, according to Attorney General Letitia James’s office.

Attorney General’s Statement

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“Indie Guns refused to follow New York and federal law and tried to flood our streets with ghost guns — but now they are paying the price for those bad actions,” said James in a statement. 

Untraceable and Deadly

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She added, “These deadly weapons are designed to be untraceable and can easily end up in the hands of people otherwise barred from owning guns.”

Impact of the Court Order

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The court order not only bars Indie Guns from further distribution of certain gun parts but also underscores the severity of violating firearm regulations in New York. 

The sale of unfinished frames or receivers is deemed a felony under existing state law, reflecting efforts to curb the proliferation of ghost guns.

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