A team of Pillsbury lawyers led by Litigation partner Kenneth Taber is serving as pro bono counsel to New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin in filing suit against a “ghost” gun parts manufacturer and gun show hosting company as a part of the state’s newly launched Statewide Affirmative Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Office.

Filed on December 12, the lawsuit was brought under a 2022 law authorizing the state to bring nuisance suits against the firearms industry, according to an article in the New Jersey Law Journal.

The suit alleges that two Pennsylvania companies targeted New Jersey residents with the sale of parts to manufacture “ghost” guns—guns that have no serial numbers and are therefore virtually untraceable— at home. The defendants, Eagle Shows and JSD Supplies, reach out to New Jersey residents through gun shows operated in Pennsylvania, just over the New Jersey border. Those gun shows are actively advertised in New Jersey, through billboards and otherwise, even though—as defendants know full well—ghost guns are illegal in New Jersey.

In addition to Taber, Pillsbury’s Litigation team includes partner Shani Rivaux, senior associate Max Winograd and senior law clerk Tyler Jack.

To read the full press release, click here.

Taber has led several other high-profile initiatives to advance firearms safety, including a 2020 pro bono project for the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. During that project, Pillsbury provided research on possible gun violence prevention measures that could be taken through executive actions.

To read more about Pillsbury’s long history of pro bono litigation to advance firearm safety, click here and here.