(2aNews) – The DOJ said it has obtained a court order blocking two firearms companies from selling their force reset trigger, which they claim converts AR-15 style rifles into fully automatic firearms.
U.S. District Judge Nina Morrison in Brooklyn on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order against Rare Breed Triggers LLC and Rare Breed Firearms LLC, and their owners Lawrence DeMonico and Kevin Maxwell.
The Justice Department in a civil complaint said Rare Breed has sold thousands of devices known as FRT-15s which they claim are designed and intended to convert AR-15 style semiautomatic firearms into machine guns.
The department said this meant the devices qualified as machine guns under federal law, and said the devices did not qualify for limited exceptions permitting their sale.
It also objected to Rare Breed’s sale of Wide Open Triggers, an FRT-15 copy also designed to fit AR-15 style rifles, and said Rare Breed did not comply with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) demands to stop selling both products.
Rare Breed operates in Fargo, North Dakota, and, according to court papers, Maxwell is also its general counsel.
Here is Kevin Maxwell explaining the FRT-15: