A coalition of antigun forces is urging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to shut down Polymer80, a popular manufacturer of AR receivers, pistol frames and handguns.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Keechant Sewell, and Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund are behind the move to get the ATF to revoke Polymer80’s federal firearms license.
They claim that 86 percent of the 1,475 so-called “ghost guns” entered into the ATF’s National Integrated Ballistic Information Network database in 2019 were manufactured by the Nevada-based company.
“We must get ghost guns out of our communities, and those that manufacture them must be shut down,” said Mayor Adams.
“This manufacturer has operated with impunity for far too long. The ATF should shut down Polymer80 now and put an end to this clear and present danger to public safety.” –@NickSuplina https://t.co/CzkAJtLaZA— Everytown (@Everytown) May 11, 2022
“Polymer80’s entire business operation presents a clear and present danger to public safety through New York and the entire country — not only selling guns, but also marketing an entire lifestyle brand that celebrates violence and lawlessness,” Adams continued.
“As mayor of the largest city in America, a former police officer, and co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, I have a message for Polymer80: We will not surrender our city to a violent few. No one is above the law. And the law is coming for you,” he concluded.
It’s not clear how the company, which caters to hobbyists and DIY-ers, is flouting the law. Home gun making is protected by the Constitution and a longstanding American tradition.
Additionally, Polymer80 has already been targeted by the ATF. Back in December of 2020, agents from the agency raided Polymer80 in an effort to seize the company’s “Buy Build Shoot Kits,” on the grounds that they were “firearms” under the law — not unfinished, 80 percent kits.
At the time, the company responded by saying it was doing everything to “cooperate with law enforcement.”
“In short, Polymer80 is committed to discharging all of its responsibilities and duties as to them, as well as vigorously protecting its rights under the law. We will continue to monitor all developments as they arise,” they stated.
The ATF did not shut down Polymer80 following that probe. It stands to reason that if Polymer80 was doing anything illegal, ATF would have revoked its federal firearms license back in 2020. But, as mentioned, it did not.
However, what has changed since that incident is the Biden administration, in April of this year, officially banned the sale of certain unfinished frames, receivers, and kits nationwide. This new rule will go into effect in the coming months.
Per a White House “fact sheet” released on April 11, “This final rule bans the business of manufacturing the most accessible ghost guns, such as unserialized ‘buy build shoot’ kits that individuals can buy online or at a store without a background check and can readily assemble into a working firearm in as little as 30 minutes with equipment they have at home.”
Antigun activists believe now that the Biden administration’s moved the goalposts on what’s considered a “firearm,” it should also necessitate the disbandment of a company that hasn’t broken the law.
“Ghost guns are a dream come true for criminals, so it should come as little surprise that Polymer80, the largest maker of these untraceable weapons, has shipped its deadly goods to felons,” said John Feinblatt, president, Everytown for Gun Safety.
“Now that President Biden has taken action against ghost guns, it’s time for ATF to do its job and shut down Polymer80,” he added.
GunsAmerica reached out to Polymer80 for comment on this matter.
“Polymer80 is a lawful company, has always complied with laws, and will continue to comply with laws,” the company said in an email to GunsAmerica.
“Polymer80 has always defended, and will continue to defend, the Second Amendment and the rights of customers to lawfully engage their freedom,” it continued. “We believe the new rule is, among other things, unconstitutional and infringes or violates law and are weighing all legal options.”
Polymer80 flat-out said that the new rule and this coordinated attack on its right to conduct lawful commerce will not stop its “growth or mission,” adding, “We will continue to grow and innovate and be a leader within the industry.”
Gun Owners of America (GOA), a pro-gun organization, defended Polymer80 in the wake of this call to run them out of business.
“This is nothing more than total B.S.—that is, Blame Shifting by the anti-gun Left,” said Erich Pratt, Senior VP of GOA in an email to GunsAmerica.
“For two years, they have advocated policies to defund the police and throw criminals back on the street. But rather than blame their own failed policies for the rise in crime, Leftists are instead trying to blame homemade guns for the rise in crime. However, the actual statistics don’t support their claims,” he said.
To further his point, Pratt noted the following:
According to the Department of Justice, privately made firearms were found at 692 homicide or attempted homicide crime scenes over a six-year period. That means that, at worst, out of more than 16,000 yearly murders, homemade guns are used in around 115 homicides per year. That’s far fewer murders than many common items which are easily found around one’s house — such as knives (1,476), hammers or blunt objects (397), or fists and feet (600).
“The spike in crime across our country is the result of the failed leadership and the social policies of left-wing radicals. It has nothing to do with firearms enthusiasts building guns in their garages and home workshops,” he concluded.
Biden’s new rule will go into effect on August 24, 2022. Stay tuned for updates.