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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Stupid stupid stupid and fail the second inspection, the law is clear


I truly feel this is just plain stupidity on somebody behalf and to fail on the second inspection is super stupid


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… Read more »


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… Read more »

robert summers

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

Wild Bill

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… Read more »


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… Read more »


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


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.


The government is forcing the sale of the company? This is an outrage! We do not live in a free country anymore!