Gun advocacy group hails move as ‘first-of-its-kind victory’
LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A firearms manufacturer in Henderson has had its license revoked by federal authorities following charges of illegal arms sales.
JA Industries, which had recently renamed itself Jimenez Arms, violated federal gun laws and contributed to rising crime rates in Chicago and Kansas City, according to a lawsuit filed by the gun advocacy group at Everytown for Gun Safety.
The non-profit gun safety organization called the decision “the first victory of its kind”.
The company is located at 7380 Eastgate Road, just south of Warm Springs Road and east of US 95.
The company’s website, jimenezarmsinc.com, contains no information about the company, but does contain blog posts written by Robert Jimenez about gun ownership and different products. The company reportedly filed for bankruptcy after the lawsuit was filed in 2000.
The lawsuit criticized the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for failing to properly screen companies that applied for licenses to manufacture firearms.
“We can only hope that this decision marks the beginning of a new era at the ATF, one that is consistent with President Biden’s commitment to hold down rogue and reckless members of the firearms industry. responsible for breaking the law and endangering lives,” said John Feinblatt. , president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “After decades of serving as the watchdog of the firearms industry, it’s time for the ATF to do its job and be the watchdog of the American people.”
A lawsuit filed by Everytown and the City of Kansas City named Jimenez Arms and several arms dealers. The lawsuit said Jimenez Arms manufactured tens of thousands of inexpensive handguns each year that showed up at crime scenes in Kansas City and Chicago “at a disproportionate rate to the market share of the business”.
Plaintiffs alleged in their action against ATF that company owner Paul Jimenez applied for a new license under the name JA Industries and that it took ATF less than a month to award License. The lawsuit alleged that company officials made false statements to the ATF and illegally shipped firearms to a firearms trafficker, which should have rendered the company and its officials ineligible for the holding a federal firearms license.
A message seeking comment from JA Industries on Thursday was not immediately returned, according to The Associated Press.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.