SF sues gun suppliers for illegally selling high-ammo ‘repair kits’

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

(S.F. Examiner file photo)

San Francisco is suing five online gun equipment suppliers for allegedly selling large-capacity magazines that have been banned from being distributed in California for nearly two decades.

The lawsuit filed Thursday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera targets Badger Mountain Supply, located in Washington state; 7.62 Precision in Alaska; Shooters Plus, located in Mississippi; LAK Supply of Wyoming; and Buymilsurp.com, located in Florida, which are reportedly selling complete but dissembled large-capacity magazines as “repair kits” to customers in San Francisco and throughout the state. Such magazines have been illegal to sell in California since Jan. 1, 2000.

“It takes a particular type of miscreant to compromise the safety of Californians simply for profit,” Herrera said in a statement. “The only purpose of these magazines is to kill as many people as quickly as possible. They have no place in our neighborhoods.”

The companies named in the lawsuit allegedly misrepresented that California consumers may legally purchase disassembled large-capacity magazines as “repair kits,” according to the City Attorney’s Office. In addition to civil penalties, the lawsuit is seeking a court order that would require the companies to state on their websites that it is illegal to buy such “repair” or “rebuild” kits in California.

Herrera noted that large-capacity magazines were used in numerous mass shootings in the U.S., including the Orlando nightclub massacre in 2016 in what amounted to the deadliest terrorist attack in the nation since Sept. 11, 2001.

Following the 2000 statewide ban of large-capacity magazines, numerous companies began selling magazine “repair kits,” which Herrera said are simply disassembled but complete large-capacity magazines.

Herrera previously sued four companies over the practice in 2013, and the following year San Francisco enacted a ban on possessing large-capacity magazines. Last November, California voters approved Proposition 63 that outlaws the possession of large-capacity magazines throughout the state beginning July 1.


Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeinkCrime

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Azikiwee Anderson of Rize Up Bakery pulls and twists sourdough into shape on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
San Francisco’s Rize Up Bakery serving up sourdough with a call to action

Azikiwee Anderson wakes up most mornings just before dawn to start cooking… Continue reading

Although The City has been shut down and largely empty, people have enjoyed gathering in places such as Dolores Park. <ins>(Al Saracevic/The Examiner)</ins>
Come back to San Francisco: The City needs you now

Time to get out of the house, people. The City’s been lonely… Continue reading

A surveillance camera outside Macy’s at Union Square on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Is the tide turning against surveillance cameras in SF?

Crime-fighting camera networks are springing up in commercial areas all around San… Continue reading

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott speaks alongside Mayor London Breed at a news conference about 2019 crime statistics at SFPD headquarters on Jan. 21, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
What the media gets wrong about crime in San Francisco

By Lincoln Mitchell Special to The Examiner Seemingly every day now, you… Continue reading

Vice President Kamala Harris is under fire for her comments in Guatemala earlier this week. (Examiner file photo.)
SF immigration advocates slam Kamala Harris’ ‘betrayal’ to her past

Kamala Harris’ comments earlier this week discouraging Central Americans from traveling to… Continue reading

Most Read