Not in New Jersey: Online Gun Retailer Agrees Not to Ship Ghost Guns into Garden State

  • New Jersey AG Gurbir Grewal reached a settlement with online gun retailer James Tromblee, Jr. d/b/a U.S. Patriot Armory and individuals and corporations involved in the alleged conduct (collectively, “U.S. Patriot Armory”) to resolve allegations that it violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, regulations regarding hazardous products and advertising, and a 2018 cease and desist letter from the AG’s office.
  • As previously reported, the complaint alleged that U.S. Patriot Armory advertised and sold unregistered and unserialized “ghost guns”—partially assembled guns that are sold with the parts needed to create a fully-operational gun—to New Jersey residents, where ghost guns are illegal to manufacture, purchase, or possess. The complaint further alleged that U.S. Patriot Armory misrepresented ghost guns as being legal in the state.
  • Under the terms of the consent order, U.S. Patriot Armory will pay $70,000 to the state and will be enjoined from advertising and shipping ghost guns and untraceable parts to New Jersey consumers. It will also be required to conspicuously note that these products are not available for shipment to New Jersey in any online advertising.