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Henderson gun maker loses license after lawsuit

Gun advocacy group hails transfer as ‘first-of-its-kind victory’

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A gun producer in Henderson has had its license revoked by federal authorities following accusations of illegally promoting weapons.

JA Industries, which had just lately rebranded itself from Jimenez Arms, violated federal firearms legal guidelines and contributed to rising crime charges in Chicago and Kansas City, in accordance with a lawsuit filed by gun management advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety.

The nonprofit gun security group referred to as the transfer a “first-of-its-kind victory.”

The company is situated at 7380 Eastgate Road, simply south of Warm Springs Road and east of U.S. 95.

The company’s web site, jimenezarmsinc.com, has no details about the company, however comprises weblog articles written by Robert Jimenez on gun possession and totally different merchandise. The company reportedly filed for chapter after the lawsuit was filed in 2000.

The lawsuit criticized the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for failing to correctly display corporations that utilized for licenses to make firearms.

“We can only hope this decision marks the beginning of a new era at ATF, one that is consistent with President Biden’s commitment to holding rogue and reckless members of the gun industry accountable for breaking the law and putting lives in danger,” mentioned John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “After decades of serving as the gun industry’s lapdog, it’s time for ATF to do its job and be the American people’s watchdog.”

A lawsuit filed by Everytown and the City of Kansas City named Jimenez Arms and several other gun sellers. The lawsuit mentioned Jimenez Arms each year made tens of hundreds of low-cost handguns that turned up at crime scenes in Kansas City and Chicago “at a rate disproportionate to the company’s market share.”

The plaintiffs alleged of their swimsuit in opposition to the ATF that the company’s proprietor, Paul Jimenez, utilized for a brand new license beneath the title JA Industries and that it took the ATF lower than a month to award the license. The swimsuit alleged that company officers had made false statements to the ATF and had unlawfully shipped weapons to a firearms trafficker, which ought to’ve made the company and its officers ineligible for holding a federal firearms license.

A message searching for remark from JA Industries on Thursday was not instantly returned, in accordance with the Associated Press.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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