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NY AG files for a preliminary injunction to stop ghost guns

 State Attorney General Letitia James stands with other officials and police officers behind a podium as she gives an address.
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State Attorney General Letitia James gives an official address with law enforcement to a crowd.

The New York Attorney General’s Office is again taking action to stop ghost guns from entering New York State.

Attorney General Letitia James filed for a preliminary injunction against 10 national gun distributors, ordering them to immediately stop selling and shipping illegal unfinished and unsterilized gun parts, according to a news release.

“These deadly weapons are unregistered, untraceable, and do not require any background check to purchase, which means they can easily end up in dangerous hands," James said in a statement. "Once again, we are taking action to stop the flow of ghost guns into New York and to protect our communities from gun violence.”

Last summer, James filed a lawsuit against the companies for selling unfinished gun frames and receivers, which violated New York’s licensing laws. The case is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, economy, and identity.