Feds want North Dakota trigger maker lawsuit tossed

Photo by: Rare Breed Triggers
Photo by: Rare Breed Triggers

(Bismarck, ND) -- Federal officials are asking a North Dakota judge to toss a lawsuit by a trigger manufacturer challenging the banning of one of its products.

Rare Breed Triggers owner and attorney Kevin Maxwell is suing the Justice Department and the leaders of several federal agencies based on his interpretation of the phrase "single function of the trigger."

Federal officials say his analysis of the phrase is flawed and has been rejected by previous courts.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives served the company with notice prior to the lawsuit to stop production of its FRT-15 trigger, which was determined to be a set of parts intended to convert weapons into machine guns.