Las Vegas gun dealer will stop selling high-capacity magazines in NJ to settle lawsuit
Mark Crabtree shoots an AR-15 assault rifle inside Greenbrier's Guns and Leather indoor shooting range.
A Las Vegas gun dealer that allegedly sold undercover investigators six illegal high-capacity magazines — including a 100-round drum magazine for an AR-15 rifle — has promised to stop advertising and selling the merchandise in New Jersey, the state Attorney General’s Office said Thursday.
New Frontier Armory, which bills itself online as Nevada’s premier gun store, will also pay the state $50,000 to settle Attorney General Gurbir Grewal's 2019 lawsuit, which claimed the store sold the magazines despite knowing they were banned in New Jersey.
The settlement "puts gun dealers on notice that we are closely monitoring internet weapons sales and will take immediate action against anyone who endangers our residents," Grewal said in a statement. “Large-capacity magazines, which significantly increase a shooter's ability to injure and kill large numbers of people quickly, are illegal in New Jersey, and we have zero tolerance for their sale here."
New Jersey outlawed magazines of more than 15 rounds three decades ago. Two years ago, Gov. Phil Murphy lowered the limit to 10 rounds as part of a package of gun control laws that state Democrats pushed through after a string of mass shootings rocked the nation.
New Frontier Armory did not respond to a request for comment.
The attorney general said in his lawsuit that New Frontier twice sold outlawed magazines of 15, 30 and 100 rounds to state investigators in 2018 and 2019.
On both occasions, authorities bought the banned magazines through the company's website and picked them up at New Jersey mailing addresses, the complaint said.
Grewal sent New Frontier a cease-and-desist letter in between the sales that demanded it stop marketing, selling and shipping the products to New Jersey. The company acknowledged the letter but apparently disregarded it, leading to the lawsuit.
As part of the settlement, the retailer must now block shipment of any high-capacity magazine to a New Jersey address, post a list of cities and states that restrict magazine sales on its website and specify that knowingly possessing a high-capacity magazine in New Jersey is a fourth-degree crime punishable by fines and imprisonment.
The lawsuit was one of several legal actions the attorney general has taken during his term to stem the tide of illegal firearms and accessories flooding the state.
In June 2019, Grewal charged four suspects with breaking a months-old ban on new-age firearms known as "ghost guns," or guns that manufacturers engineer to skirt regulations and evade detection.
Earlier that year, his office sued the founder of a California-based ghost gun company, alleging it marketed firearms to state residents despite New Jersey's ban.
Steve Janoski covers law enforcement for NorthJersey.com. For unlimited access to the most important news about those who safeguard your local community, please subscribe or activate your digital account today.