US seizes 52,000 gun parts illegally imported from China to California

Three shipments valued at $378,000

By Jason Hanna and Melissa Alonso, CNN
Copyright 2019 CNN

Lawmakers skeptical anything on gun control could pass.

(CNN) - Federal officials say they've seized more than 52,000 firearms parts that arrived illegally from China at California's Los Angeles and Long Beach ports.

The parts -- sights, stocks, muzzles, buffer kits and grips -- arrived in three shipments and had a combined value of more than $378,000, US Customs and Border Protection said Thursday in a news release.

The United States restricts imports from countries with which it has an arms embargo, including China. The US imposed an arms embargo after the deadly 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square.

"This seizure is an exceptional example of CBP officers and import specialists vigilance, commitment and keen focus in enforcing complex arms embargo regulations," Carlos C. Martel, the CBP's director of field operations in Los Angeles, said.

"The Chinese arms embargo is just one of the hundreds of regulations CBP enforces, ensuring the safety and security of our country."

The CBP didn't say to whom the parts were being shipped, who shipped them, and whether anyone would be charged in connection with the seizure.

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