TEXAS — Legendary Los Angeles rock band Guns N’ Roses has sued online gun store Texas Guns and Roses for trademark infringement, according to documents obtained by USA Today and other news outlets.
Besides guns, the store offers some floral arrangements on its website.
According to the lawsuit, which names owner Jersey Village Florist, the name is “likely to cause confusion with the GUNS N’ ROSES mark, falsely suggested a connection with GNR, and was likely to dilute the GUNS N’ ROSES mark.”
The lawsuit goes on to say that the band doesn’t wish to be associated with a “firearms and weapons dealer.”
The lawsuit is seeking damages, lawsuit costs and attorney’s fees.
The online store filed for a trademark in 2014 and registered in 2016.
Attorneys for the store told Los Angeles’ City News Service that “there’s never been any confusion (between the band and retailer) and they have no evidence of confusion.”
“This is an attempt to run up costs and burn us out,” attorney David L. Clark said. “Our client sells metal safes for guns and flowers, and have a one-stop website and absolutely no one is confused. Nobody thinks we’re the band or there is some affiliation. We will be fighting back.”
Guns N’ Roses formed in 1985 and was named for founding members Axl Rose and Tracii Guns. They are among the bestselling hard rock acts in music history.