Statement From Stag Arms On Violation of Federal Firearms Laws

Editors Note: The federal government began its investigation of Stag in July 2014, after a routine ATF compliance inspection turned up a variety of recording keeping violations, missing firearms and unregistered machine guns.

Stag Arms
Stag Arms

NEW BRITAIN –  -( Stag Arms, LLC today announced that the company and its founder, Mark Malkowski, have reached a resolution with government officials stemming from an investigation that began last year relating primarily to the timing of record-keeping during the manufacturing process and compliance with federal firearms manufacturing and registration requirements.

Both Stag Arms and Mr. Malkowski cooperated fully with the government throughout the investigation.

While both Stag Arms and Mr. Malkowski believe that public safety was never compromised, they have agreed to enter guilty pleas and to pay significant fines, because doing so is in the best interests of the company and its employees.

Mr. Malkowski has also agreed to transition the business to new ownership and is in advanced talks with a potential buyer.

Mr. Malkowski will continue as a marketing consultant to the business and the industry for a period of time following the sale.

Stag Arms takes its obligations to comply with all laws and regulations very seriously and has made comprehensive changes to ensure that similar problems cannot happen again and that best compliance practices are maintained in all of its operations.” – Stag Arms, LLC


Clarification on Stag Arms federal firearms license status: Please note that as stated in the plea agreement, the federal government has agreed to allow Stag Arms to continue operating with an effective firearms license during the transition to new ownership (see actual wording below):

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (“ATF”) will extend revocation in increments of 60 days for purpose of facilitating sale of the company to an independent third party buyer provided that Stag Arms LLC requests an extension in writing and the extension request is supported by a detailed status report on the efforts to sell the business that ATF finds satisfactory. To the extent that the defendant is sold to an independent third party buyer, nothing in this plea agreement precludes the third party buyer from applying for a federal firearms license and ATF will conduct that application review process as expeditiously as
possible within the rules, regulations and standards to which ATF is subject.”

About Stag Arms:

Founded in 2003 Stag Arms has become one of the premier manufacturers of AR-15 rifles and accessories and the only one to offer true left hand versions of our products. Our mission is to to provide our customers with the highest quality, customer service and experience available with AR-15 rifles and accessory purchases.

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  • 10 thoughts on “Statement From Stag Arms On Violation of Federal Firearms Laws

    1. As an avid gun builder I found this to be devastating news. I build my AR’s because 1 Im left handed, 2 by the time I finish upgrading the furniture, parts, I have another $500 to $800 invested in the rifles config. I’m better off building it myself. Most stripped upper RT HND receivers elsewhere run $59- $99 (BRO $269 for Lft Hnd) the left handed at Stag is a whopping $182. You would think MK would have been kinder to his LT handed kin. Customer service at Stag was always sketchy. However, the missing serial numbers on lowers especially full autos is absolutely insane. Missing rifles, seems like some of these mistakes could have been avoidable. Especially since CMT has been in business for such a long time. Stag arms (Mark K.) should have answered my letter when I was offering them 8+ acres in Land O Lakes (sunny FL) 5 years ago frontage on 41, 1 mile from Sheriff and Firehouse. We take our gun laws seriously in FL. Seems to me the krappy paperwork may have been initiated by an unhappy worker bee. I would have loved to work for Stag Arms and do what I love best, & Im a great paper pusher and auditor working presently in healthcare 🙂 Love my job and boss.

    2. Concidering the stated purpose of the constitution, The wording in the constitution and the bill of rights the ATF is an illegal entity. The constitution came about as a VERY firm check on federal power and to establish the soverenty of the seperate states rights. The federal government has perverrted the constitution into a tool to repress the citizens of our country. People PLEASE read the constitution and the bill of rights and the federalist papers. The federalist papers explain the whys and wheres of how they and why they worded the constitution the way they did.
      One little insane factoid. They do not teach lawyers to follow the constitution in law school.

    3. I grewup in the 40’s and 50’s and I am absolutely sick when iread about the govt. taking away every right we seem to uphold. the patriot act is smothering us .the atf is a joke. i’m 72 not in good health so let them come after me for my free speech the can all go to h**l.
      how can I have said anything when you keep sending back

    4. Graham, I think that you are a little behind on your Con Law studies. The GCA was upheld by the S. CT as a proper use of Congress’ s commerce control power. I know, it is the GUN CONTROL ACT not the Commerce Control Act, and it doesn’t control commerce it controls people, but that is how corrupt the S Ct was and remains.

      Because the S. Ct. is controlled by elitist, liberal, socialist snobs, this is no time to take important question about the 2nd Amendment to the S. Ct.! We have to win the White House, and keep the Congress. Then we have to pray that the old liberal or diabetic justices die. Then we have to work to get enough replacements appointed that believe in our Constitution and trust the people. Then conditions will be ripe to take 2nd Amendment issues to the S. Ct.

    5. I purchased my Stag Arms 2TL in 2008. purchased it because at that time Stag Arms was one of the only gun manufactures that offered a left-hand eject AR-15. I am right-handed, but left eye dominant, The Stag 2TL suited me perfectly.

      I feel that the only reasons that Mark and Stag Arms are being singled out relates to the AR-15 rifles they manufacture, and this President and his administrations overall hatred for the for the gun manufacturing industry. When other gun manufacturers relocated from Connecticut, Maryland, and New York, because of the states that restricted sale of the products companies manufactured in the states listed, Stag Arms opted to stay in Connecticut.

      This issue related to the government forcing Mark to possibly spend a year in jail, along with forcing the sale of Stag Arms is above and beyond any reasonable settlement.

      Remember Solyndra. The solar panel manufacturer received $500 million dollars in federal funds. Looking back at this case neither of the principles went to jail.

      According to Right Wing Times, “If Brian Harrison and W. G. Stover, the two Solyndra executives who took the Fifth Amendment at a Congressional hearing on Friday, ever spend a day in jail, I’ll stand on my head in Times Square.

      It’s not going to happen, for one simple reason: neither they, nor anyone else connected with Solyndra, have done anything remotely criminal (Right Wing Times, 2015).”

      Solyndra fit into President Obama’s Green Energy agenda, Firearms manufacturing, legal, law-abiding gun owners (with the number of women purchasing firearms for personal protection increasing significantly), and our Second Amendment are far from his favorites list.

      Why didn’t the Obama Administration arrest the CEO of General Motors when they had problems with poorly manufactured Ignition Switches. According to USA Today, “The death toll from General Motor’s faulty ignition switches has come in at 124, according to compensation fund the victims.

      The running tally by General Motors’ independent administrator shows that it has no cases left to process. But spokeswoman Camille Biros says there are still cases classified as “deficient,” meaning additional documentation is required, that are pending.

      The review has led to millions of vehicle recalls, congressional hearings and a huge black eye for the nation’s largest automaker and its CEO, Mary Barra.

      The article further states, “And for all accidents blamed on the switches that required hospitalization, 248 were approved, while 2,946 were considered ineligible and 396 were deficient.

      All told, out of the total of 4,342, the independent administrator approved a total of 390, with 3,499 ineligible and 453 found deficient.”


      Where is the similarity in the judicial process? Why wasn’t GM forced to sale, and why wasn’t their CEO Mary Berra put in jail. How many people were killed or injured by Stag Arms delay in adding serial numbers to AR-1 lowers as part of their work-in-process inventory? The answer is probably none since according to the FBI’s 2014 Crime Statistics, Rifles accounted for 248 deaths and shotguns accounted for 262 deaths. The 3000 AR-15 lowers without serial numbers apparently had little impact on the 248 rifles used in 2014.

      Additionally, the AR-15’s manufactured by Stag Arms are more than likely sold by FFL (Federal Firearms Licensed) dealers. It would be difficult if not impossible for the FFL to sale any firearm without a serial number since that serial number is a key part of the ATF Form 4473. The FFL must contact the state and provide the serial number as part of the existing NICS background check.

      To further clarify this issue, a firearm purchased from an online store like Impact Guns in Utah must be shipped to an FFL, and that FFL must also contact the state and perform a NICS Background Check before the firearm s released to the purchaser.

      The Obama Administration should take a closer look at the abuses of our laws by this president, like allowing Illegal Aliens to cross our southern borders almost unchecked, or his plan for up to 300,000 Syrian Refugees even though there is serious question regarding the government’s ability to vet these refugees properly. The administration seems to be willing to let IRS employers like Lois Lerner go free because her abuse of the IRS system benefited the Obama Administration

      We need to mount an effort between the GOA, NAGR, NRA, and Second Amendment Foundation to have the court reverse their decision, and let Mark and the employees of Stag Arms revamp the inconsistencies of their manufacturing process so they can avoid the repeat of a similar issue.


    6. Why not fight in court?
      The NFA and GCA are both unconstitutional – so is pretty much everything the ATF opine on and/or enforce related to firearms.
      Paying “substantial fines” and being required to sell your company is outrageous

    7. Mr. Malkowsk and Stag apparently have failed 2 ATF inspections in a row. I suggest reading more detailed versions of this story before rushing to judgement.

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