Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced yesterday a lawsuit filed by his office against the 80 percent receiver company, Polymer80.
The suit alleges that Polymer80 falsely claims its “firearms” are legal in the District, fails to disclose that it is not licensed to sell firearms in the District, and sells “firearms” that violate “numerous” of the District’s gun control laws.
“Polymer80 makes it easy for individuals to buy unmarked and untraceable firearms that are commonly used to commit violent crimes,” Racine said in a statement. “Indeed, Polymer80’s guns have been used in several homicides in the District. The Office of the Attorney General is seeking a court order to stop the company from selling ghost guns to D.C. consumers and to get these deadly weapons off our streets.”
Polymer80 sells what are commonly referred to as receiver “blanks” for both rifles and handguns. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has concluded that these products do not constitute firearms or firearm receivers because they are less than 80 percent complete and require the use of special tools and expertise to complete.
But Racine and other leaders in D.C. see Polymer80’s products as a threat to public health. A statement from Racine’s office claims that of the 250 non-serialized firearms recovered by law enforcement since 2017, over 80 percent were manufactured by Polymer80, including guns “linked” to nine homicides.
Racine’s lawsuit claims the company misleads consumers in the District because the Polymer80 website does not inform District residents that their products are illegal in D.C. The suit includes a screenshot of the Polymer80 website’s homepage, which asks the rhetorical question, “Is it legal?” and responds “Yes!”
But the suit fails to acknowledge the text that comes after the, “Yes!” Polymer80 notes that their product is legal under federal law, but it says nothing about state or District law.
Racine also argues that Polymer80 violates District gun control laws by selling its product to D.C. consumers. Polymer80 has broken a law that requires firearm dealers to impose a 10-day waiting period as well as a law that all firearms be inscribed with a serial number, according to the suit.
Finally, Racine claims that Polymer80 fails to disclose that it is not licensed to sell firearms in the District or that consumers must register their firearms.
“To legally sell firearms in the District, merchants must obtain a commercial license. Not only does Polymer80 not possess that license, it is prohibited from obtaining one because it sells assault weapons, specifically AR-15 and .308 semi-automatic rifles, which cannot be registered in the District,” the suit alleges.
GunsAmerica reached out to Polymer80 but did not immediately receive a response.