Gun parts illegally shipped from China seized in California
LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Federal authorities in Southern California have seized more than 52,000 gun parts illegally shipped from China over the past three months.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a statement Thursday that the parts arrived at the Port of Long Beach in three separate shipments.
The items are described as sights, stocks, muzzles, brakes, buffer kits, and grips, and had a combined domestic value of $378,225.00.
The agency says investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms confirmed the parts violated the Arms Export Control Act and International Traffic in Arms Regulations.
In 2018 CPB’s Office of Field Operations seized 266,279 firearms, firearm parts, ammunition, fireworks and explosives at 328 ports of entry throughout the United States, an 18.4 percent increase from the previous year.