A few days ago, both Tracii Guns & Phil Lewis each posted, on their respective Facebook pages, a certificate from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the words “L.A. Guns” that was registered on January 5, 2021.
Note that there was no explanation from each side of what it meant and who owns the name completely. Fans were confused and assumed Tracii Guns had won his trademark “war” against his former bandmate/drummer Steve Riley over the L.A. Guns band name.
Now Steve Riley has now responded with an official statement:
So…Tracii Guns has tried to confuse some L.A. Guns fans last week by posting a picture of a Trademark Letter and stating he now owns the name L.A. Guns outright. Tracii and I CO-OWN the name L.A. Guns and the mark (shield) and nothing has changed. The registration number on his post is the same registration number at the U.S. Trademark Office that states both of us own the name and the mark 50-50 (RILEY–GUNS). You can plainly see from the pix that we have always co-owned the name and the badge L.A. Guns.
In the meantime, lets get back to Rock and Roll. If you want to check out our new single “You Can’t Walk Away”, it will be going to radio on January 27, 2021.
We are moving full steam ahead promoting our new record “Renegades” on Golden Robot Records and have a great schedule of shows booked for 2021.
I hope this explains what is real and is not. Only the truth will ever come from me and the band.
Thanks, Steve Riley LAG