AG files lawsuit against Goodyear gun company

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By Jim Carr By Jim Carr

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - On Dec. 12, the Arizona Attorney General's Office announced it filed a lawsuit against a Valley gun company that 3 On Your Side has been following.

The lawsuit was filed Dec. 6.

Earlier this year, we told you about an Oregon man named Stephen who paid Lancaster Arms $800 for a rifle.

Stephen says it was only supposed to take two weeks to make, but months later, he was still waiting on the weapon.

Similar accusations are made in the Attorney General's lawsuit, which states Lancaster Arms “did not provide weapons to dozens of consumers who, collectively, paid thousands of dollars in advance for weapons.”

The lawsuit also says Lancaster Arms didn't provide refunds.

Stephen eventually disputed the charge with his credit card and got his money returned.

Back in June, Lancaster Arms owner Chester “Chet” Durda, gave 3 On Your Side several reasons for order delays, but said he 'anticipated correcting any outstanding commitments by the end of August.'

On Monday, Durda said he didn’t know about the lawsuit until we told him because the AG’s Office hasn't served him yet.

The AG’s Office tells us it expects Durda or his wife, also listed as a defendant, to be served soon. They will have 20 days from the day they are served to respond.

Durda says he is in the process of moving his business from Goodyear to Surprise.

He also told 3 On Your Side he was not able to meet his goal of filling all his gun orders by the end of summer. He says he is still behind on four to five orders and is working to meet them.

Among other requests, the AG’s Office wants Lancaster Arms to pay back consumers, as well as $10,000 per violation of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act.

3 On Your Side will continue to follow this story on-air and online.