On Thursday, the United States’ Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will review the company Baxter Auto Parts, which makes parts for the U.S. military, police, and emergency responders.
The bureau previously cited the company for violating safety and environmental standards and for failing to report hazardous materials.
The agency also warned that the company was likely to be prosecuted for violating its own rules.
Baxter’s parent company, the company that makes the guns used by the military and police, is owned by Cerberus Capital Management, which is owned also by Cerberus’s former chairman, Peter Lewis.
In a statement to Al Jazeera, Baxter said that the ATF review was a “technical assessment” and did not constitute a finding of criminal wrongdoing.
“The ATF has determined that Baxter has been complying with all safety requirements of its license and that Baxter will continue to meet the regulatory requirements of the Bureau of Automotive Parts,” the statement read.
The company also said it had taken steps to improve its processes and procedures.
“Baxter has taken a number of steps over the past year to ensure the safe and responsible handling of its parts,” the company said.
It said it would cooperate with the bureau’s review and that the review would be “finalised within the next 12 to 18 months.”
“Bartlett was the only company that was not subject to the review,” said Chris Johnson, an analyst with Gartner.
“And it was just the tip of the iceberg.”
Baxter is the largest manufacturer of firearm parts in the U, accounting for about a third of the entire U.K.’s gun market.
But Baxter was forced to pay $100 million in penalties in 2011 and has been under investigation by the ATF for years over safety violations, according to the Washington Post.
A 2012 report from the Government Accountability Office found that the Bureau had found that Baxter’s “failure to properly control the safety of its products was an important factor” in causing the deaths of civilians in the Middle East.
Baxter has defended itself against accusations that it has used substandard manufacturing methods, but it has said it has made changes to prevent dangerous materials from getting into the gun parts it sells.
The ATF also has investigated Baxter for not reporting hazardous materials in its inventory.
In an interview with the Post, Baxter CEO John Bartlett denied that the firm had ever violated safety and pollution standards and said he had been the target of a campaign by anti-gun activists who were “looking for an excuse” to attack him.
“They have been saying, ‘You’ve sold too many guns, you’re unsafe,’ ” he said.
“So that’s why I don’t buy into it.
I’ve sold a lot of guns over the years.”