Stag Arms is currently working to resolve an issue with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives following the discovery of unserialized lower receivers along with missing paperwork for related gun parts.
During a routine inspection last summer at Stag’s facilities in New Britain, Connecticut, agents for the ATF noticed that 3,000 lower receivers were missing the required serial numbers. Moreover, that manufacturing and disposition records were missing for 136 lower receivers.
Under federal law gun manufacturers are not allowed to possess unmarked receivers for more than seven days. If they do, those firearms are subject to forfeiture. ATF inspectors claim that Stag failed to mark the receivers within that timeframe and subsequently seized some of those parts.
Now, in a civil lawsuit filed in Connecticut federal court on May 6, the ATF is requesting to hold on to them permanently because it alleges that Stag broke the law. Stag accounted for the oversight by telling agents that the individual responsible for stamping on the serial numbers was on vacation.
In a statement released to the Hartford Business Journal, Stag said it is working to resolve the dispute.
“Stag Arms, LLC is working closely with the government regarding this issue. Although the allegations relate primarily to timing and recordkeeping, and Stag believes public safety was never compromised, the company takes its obligation to comply with all laws very seriously.
“Stag has made comprehensive changes to ensure that similar problems cannot happen again and that best compliance practices are maintained in all of its operations,” the company said.
Stag did not disclose how much the forfeiture of the property would cost.