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Newtown Gun Show Organizer Eagle Arms Productions Does Not Allow the Sale of "Ghost Guns"

Newtown Gun Show Organizer Eagle Arms Productions Does Not Allow the Sale of "Ghost Guns" | Newtown News of Interest |

In his continuing effort to combat so-called “ghost guns,” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday, March 15, 2021, announced that the largest gun show promoter in Pennsylvania has halted the sale of partially assembled guns known as “80% receivers” at its gun shows.

The agreement with Eagle Arms Productions makes the company the first gun show promoter in the nation to stop the sale of these partially assembled guns that don’t have serial numbers and are untraceable by law enforcement.

An “80% receiver” is the frame or skeleton of a gun that is in an incomplete stage of manufacture, but can easily be turned into a functioning firearm.


Shapiro said ghost guns have become “the weapon of choice for criminals on the streets of Philadelphia.”

johnmacknewtown's insight:

There is growing concern over the upcoming “Newtown Gun Show” to be held at the Newtown Sports Training Center on March. 26-27, 2022 This is an Eagle Arms Production show.


While it is good that "ghost guns" won't be sold at this show, background checks for legal guns sold by unlicensed sellers, like non-dealers who sell guns online or at gun shows are not required by federal law nor by PA law. This loophole enables people with felony convictions, domestic abuse restraining orders, and other people with prohibiting histories to buy guns with no questions asked. The loophole should be closed to require background checks on all gun sales—not just on the sale of firearms from licensed gun dealers.



Read "Owner of Eagle Shows & Promoter of the Newtown Gun Show, Sells “Ghost Gun” Kits Requiring No Serial Numbers or Background Checks";



According to Newtown Township Manager Micah Lewis, this type of use is not currently permitted under the existing Certificates of Occupancy for the Newtown Sports Training Center and on January 24, 2022, a Notice of Violation was sent to the owner of the establishment (Newtown Racquetball Assoc.).


Many residents may be attending the January 26, 2022, Newtown Board of Supervisors meeting to voice their concerns regarding this gun show. This in-person meeting, which starts at 7 PM, will be held in the public meeting room at 100 Municipal Drive in Newtown PA.


NOTE: Newtown Resolution 2018-R-17 states that "to protect the safety and health of [Newtown Twp] residents and urges the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the United States Congress to enact laws to reduce gun violence including:


  • Ensuring that background checks are required on all gun sales, including online and at gun shows. In Pennsylvania, preserve the provisions of the Pennsylvania Instant Check System (PICS) which provides instant access to background records;
  • Banning access to assault-style rifles;


The Resolution also references Key Gun Violence StatisticsPerhaps it is time to pass a new, updated resolution.  

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