Reminiscent of the racist Army and Navy Law of 1879, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Everytown are conspiring to deprive Illinois citizens of affordable firearms:
Attorney General Raoul Partners With Everytown For Gun Safety And K.C. To File Lawsuit Against ATFpublished January 16 2021 7:05 AM
CHICAGO – Attorney General Kwame Raoul today announced that his office, along with Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and Kansas City, Mo., has filed a lawsuit seeking to force federal regulators to revoke a firearms license granted to the successor company of now-bankrupt Jimenez Arms, Inc. Raoul alleges Jimenez Arms repeatedly broke federal firearms law, contributing to gun trafficking, carjackings and criminal activity in Illinois and Kansas City, and its owner misled the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in licensing applications.
The complaint alleges that the ATF conducted a deficient investigation before granting the new license, offering a particularly dangerous example of what prior reporting has shown to be lax oversight by the agency. Notably, data from 2017 to 2019 shows that the ATF denied less than 0.1 percent of applications received. The lawsuit also alleges that guns trafficked by Jimenez Arms have been used to carry to carry out carjackings, high-speed car chases, drug distribution schemes, bank robberies and other crimes.
My office has worked with Everytown to develop a comprehensive approach to combatting illegal gun trafficking that includes, but is not limited to, affirmative litigation. After flouting federal law and contributing to criminal activity in Chicago and other cities, Jimenez Arms should have been held accountable by the ATF – not allowed to keep operating under a new name.”
Among the allegations in today’s lawsuit:
- The president of JA Industries, Paul Jimenez, has been manufacturing in some form for more than a decade, including as Jimenez Arms. Every year for more than a decade, Jimenez’s firearms manufacturing operation has churned out tens of thousands of low-quality, disposable handguns that are particularly attractive to traffickers. These pistols are deadly weapons that are priced to be disposable, routinely retailing for less than $150.
- Firearms originating from the operation in Nevada – which has at times been among the 15 largest pistol manufacturers in the country – have been used at and retrieved from crime scenes in American cities like Chicago and Kansas City at a rate disproportionate to their market share.
- Even though these kinds of pistols cannot be legally sold in Illinois, law enforcement has recovered them all over the state—from Skokie to Decatur to East St. Louis.
- Between 2014 and 2018, Chicago police recovered 378 Jimenez Arms pistols.
- Jimenez Arms did business for years with Kansas City firearms trafficker James Samuels, who has since pleaded guilty to violating a host of federal gun laws. Among other violations of the firearms laws, Jimenez Arms shipped guns directly to Samuels’ home, even though he knew or consciously avoided knowing that he was facilitating Samuels in skirting federal gun laws and regulations.
- During two routine inspections in 2012 and 2017, the ATF cited Jimenez Arms with serious recordkeeping violations that were consistent with Jimenez’s involvement in trafficking.
- In January 2020, in an apparent effort to avoid accountability for its illegal actions and dispute its debts, Jimenez Arms declared bankruptcy amid multiple lawsuits. Paul Jimenez now calls the operation “JA Industries,” but the company continues to sell the same guns as before.
- Due to false statements to the ATF and the unlawful shipment of guns to a gun trafficker, Jimenez was disqualified from holding an FFL. But rather than putting an end to Jimenez’s illicit and dangerous career in the firearms industry, the ATF rubber-stamped JA Industries LLC’s request for an FFL.