BY TOM BUSSELBERG
KAYSVILLE — A Kaysville company is among four companies named in a lawsuit alleging high-capacity ammo gun repair kits are intended to skirt California law.
On Monday, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a lawsuit against Kaysville’s B&L Productions, which hosts Crossroads of the West gun shows in California and elsewhere.
The filing set of a firestorm across the nation and reignited the debate about government gun control.
A news release from San Francisco attorney’s office alleges that B&L and the two other firms are attempting a “clever end-run” by selling disassembled but fully functional high-capacity magazines.
Herrera said that violates California state law prohibiting the sale, manufacture, or import of gun ammunition feeding devices that accept more than 10 rounds.
The repair kits are a “barely-disguised attempt to skirt a 14-year-old California gun safety law,” he said.
B&L is fighting back.
“While high-capacity magazines (ammunition feeding devices capable of holding more than 10 rounds) cannot be legally sold in California, the repair kits for these magazines are legal and can be sold under California law,” a press release from the company said. “Herrera is well aware the sale of the repair kits does not constitute a violation of state law.”
The legality of the repair kits has been confirmed to Crossroads of the West and other interested parties by the California Department of Justice, both verbally and in written communications.
“Crossroads of the West will mount an intensive legal response, and fully expect that it will prevail in court,” the release added.
Herrerra, however, has said that California lawmakers enacted smart gun safety precautions to prohibit devices that aren’t for hunting or military combat. He added that California laws balance public safety with Constitutional rights of responsible gun owners.
The other companies being sued are Harbor, Ore., based 44Mag Distributing LLC, Dallas-based Exile Machine, LLC, and Pittsburg, Ohio Copes Distributing, Inc.
B&L would not comment beyond issuing the press release.