Attorney General Bonta warns gun parts maker to stop selling misleading products immediately | State of California – Department of Justice

The DOJ finds that manufacturer Sky Tactical Supply falsely claimed its FIFY rifle attachment allows buyers to circumvent California assault weapons laws

OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today ordered an immediate halt to the marketing, sale and distribution of a device promoted as a way for gun owners to circumvent California’s assault weapons laws. The Fixed It For You Fixed Magazine Cage (FIFY) is a metal device that mounts into a rifle’s pistol grip with a five-round magazine, but the magazine is not actually involved in the loading, firing, and unloading of the rifle. FIFY’s manufacturer, Sky Tactical Supply, marketed the FIFY with false claims that installing it would exempt a rifle from California’s definition of an assault weapon. Today, the Attorney General sent Sky Tactical Supply a cease and desist letter warning the company that by selling the FIFY in California it may be committing a criminal offense and misleading California consumers about their criminal liability if they purchase the product. The attorney general also issued a bulletin to all criminal justice and law enforcement agencies, firearm dealers, firearm manufacturers, and exempt federal firearms licensees in the state advising them that firearms with a FIFY and five-round magazine are not exempt from California’s assault weapon legislation.

“California’s assault weapons ban is a critical tool to prevent death and tragedy, not a gimmick to get around.” said Attorney General Bonta. “Those who treat our gun laws like a game are gambling with the lives of families and children. Sky Tactical Supply not only ignores and creates confusion about a law protecting Californians, it also lures its customers into buying a useless product to line their own pockets. Today’s cease and desist letter is a clear warning that Sky Tactical Supply ignores at its peril. The California Department of Justice will hold accountable those who flout our state’s sane gun laws.”

In California, it is a criminal offense to manufacture, or cause to be manufactured, an assault weapon. Mere possession of an unregistered assault weapon in California may be a felony or misdemeanor.

California law defines several types of assault weapons, but two of these types include a “fixed-magazine, semi-automatic center-fire rifle capable of firing more than 10 rounds” or a “semi-automatic center-fire rifle without a fixed magazine.” ” but one or more specific characteristics. Sky Tactical Supply claims that installing the FIFY and using a proposed five-round magazine would put a rifle outside the scope of these definitions as the rifle would have a fixed magazine with fewer than ten rounds. That’s wrong.

The FIFY installed with a proposed five-round magazine would not qualify as a “fixed magazine” under California law because the magazine does not feed ammunition into the rifle’s action. Instead, the magazine’s five rounds merely remain in the pistol grip – uninvolved in the loading, firing, and unloading of the rifle – while the magazine well remains open. This shaft opening can be used to insert another type of magazine for loading, firing and unloading the rifle, including a fixed magazine holding more than ten rounds, a detachable magazine or a large capacity magazine. In other words, the magazine proposed by the FIFY is a dummy ammunition feed device since it is non-functional for the rifle in which it is installed. Sky Tactical Supply incorrectly theorized that a rifle’s classification as an assault weapon is tied to its ammo feeder of choice.

The DOJ found statements on Sky Tactical Supply’s website, Reddit, and YouTube showing that Sky Tactical Supply is marketing FIFY and its proposed magazine as a legal circumvention of California’s assault weapons laws. By doing so, it could encourage and encourage the manufacture of illegal assault weapons by purchasers of the FIFY and mislead Californian consumers as to the legality of incorporating the product.

In the cease and desist letter, Attorney General Bonta directed the company to immediately cease marketing, selling and distributing the FIFY, warning that continued sale of the device could constitute a violation of California’s Assault Weapons and Consumer Protection laws.

Attorney General Bonta sought proof of Sky Tactical Supply’s intention to comply with the cease and desist letter by demonstrating how it would do the following immediately:

  • Stop marketing and selling the FIFY;
  • Cancel any pending purchases of the FIFY; and
  • Notify anyone who has purchased the FIFY and received the device that installing the device with the proposed five-round magazine on a particular rifle and continuing to possess such a rifle would violate California law.

A copy of the bulletin is available here and the cease and desist letter is here.