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ATF Moves to Revoke License of Gunmaker Tied to Jimenez Arms

The Trace previously reported that the company declared bankruptcy and rebranded multiple times, avoiding lawsuits and investigations.

By Jennifer Mascia
Mar 30, 2022

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is revoking the federal firearms license of JA Industries, a Nevada-based gunmaker that declared bankruptcy and rebranded itself more than once in an attempt to sidestep lawsuits and investigations over its alleged unscrupulous business practices.

The development was revealed in a March 30 letter by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, which is presiding over a lawsuit that seeks to strip the gunmaker of its license. The suit, filed in January 2021 by Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri, followed an investigation by The Trace and the Daily Beast that showed that the company, originally known as Jimenez Arms, had been repackaged to avoid lawsuits and regulatory scrutiny. The ruling is a win for gun reform groups, which have been employing novel strategies to penetrate the gun industry’s special legal immunity to most lawsuits.
Jimenez Arms initiated bankruptcy proceedings in February 2020 just as it came under increasing scrutiny for its ties to an interstate trafficking ring. The filing was widely seen as an effort by owner Paul Jimenez to sidestep lawsuits stemming from revelations that his company had supplied pistols to a Kansas City, Missouri, firefighter who later pleaded guilty to trafficking guns, at least one of which was used in a murder. Within two months, Jimenez had set up shop under a new banner, JA Industries, which was within walking distance of Jimenez Arms’ former headquarters. Still, the ATF issued it a federal firearms license.

In August 2020, The Trace’s Brian Freskos revealed that JA Industries was at least the twelfth gunmaking business operated by members and close associates of the same extended family since 1970. Several of those companies closed as they or their executives faced criminal accusations, federal investigation, or lawsuits alleging the handguns their factories produced were prone to spontaneously discharge, explode, or be used in a crime.

In a court filing in fall 2021, the Southern District revealed that the ATF had agreed to initiate an inspection of JA Industries, which was set to take two months. The results of that inspection have not been released, but appear to have led to the ATF’s ruling. The agency did not respond to a request for comment.

“I appreciate the ATF’s decision to revoke JA Industries’ license, which should never have been approved in the first place,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a statement. “The ATF’s decision is a step toward holding accountable manufacturers of guns that are designed for trafficking.”

The gun reform group Brady has been trying to shut down bad apple gun dealers for years. Everytown Law, the legal branch of the advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety — which joined Illinois and Kansas City in the suit — is currently joining several other cities in suing the ATF to compel the agency to regulate ghost guns. (Everytown for Gun Safety’s nonpolitical arm provides funding to The Trace; here is a list of The Trace’s major donors and its policy on editorial independence.)

Alla Lefkowitz, the senior director of affirmative litigation for Everytown Law, said following the ATF’s ruling, “Mr. Jimenez should not have a firearms license, no matter what business name he decides to manufacture under. Lives will be saved as a result of this decision, and it should serve as a wake-up call for those in the industry who put profit over public safety.”

According to the March 30 filing, the plaintiffs have requested a copy of the revocation notice “in anticipation of dismissing the case.”
 

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Okay, I've got to say...

TWELVE iterations of Jiminez run by various friends and family since 1970? Really? How the hell have they NOT been stopped up until now?
 

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…..alleging the handguns their factories produced were prone to spontaneously discharge, explode, or be used in a crime.
……..Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said in a statement. “The ATF’s decision is a step toward holding accountable manufacturers of guns that are designed for trafficking.”
Prone to be used in a crime?
So….should Adidas be held liable for the shoplifting in Cali?

Guns that are “designed for trafficking”?
These asshats can’t define “woman”….but they can determine a gun was “designed for trafficking”?

What a freaking joke.

All that said….that whole mess of relatives and buddies is probably guilty of something at some point in their history of making crappy cheap guns. I mean….even HK got caught selling to prohibited people in Mexico, it’s not like only the cheap guns have legal issues.
 

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It's kind of like trying to accuse Nike of making shoes designed to be stolen because people get beaten, stabbed, killed, and/or robbed of their Jordans....probably at the business end of a Jimenez....
 

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It's kind of like trying to accuse Nike of making shoes designed to be stolen because people get beaten, stabbed, killed, and/or robbed of their Jordans....probably at the business end of a Jimenez....
:rotfl:

I think the real problem is all those shady gun trafficking firefighters ;)
 

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The ineptitude of the left... ?
This has been going on for over 50 years. JA Industries, LLC lost their FFL BECAUSE the left, thanks to Bloomberg's money, got their shit together. How many times has the party controlling the ATF swapped in the last 50 years?

Stuff like this, showing the huge lack of oversight and potential rubber stamping of FFL's being issued, is exactly what the anti-gun crowd need...
 

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Stuff like this, showing the huge lack of oversight and potential rubber stamping of FFL's being issued, is exactly what the anti-gun crowd need...
Excellent point

JohnnyBgood YouTuber is implying this is just a beginning but one could think that way if they ignore the flip side you present.

But the low hanging fruit is usually harvested first...
 
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Excellent point

JohnnyBgood YouTuber is implying this is just a beginning but one could think that way if they ignore the flip side you present.

But the low hanging fruit is usually harvested first...
I've read articles from both sides and it ranges between:

A. A tip of the iceberg second victory brought on by the "victory" over Remington...

Which the folks with common sense know was just the insurance companies paying them off so they went away without anyone being forced to admit fault.

B. Jackboot government thuggery.

Which the folks with common sense know that they probably should do a slightly better job vetting their Type 07 FFL applications considering this company managed to get 12 of them...



I'm still in the middle, with Ajole, thinking that there was likely plenty of shady shit going on at Jiminez, but the whole diabolical trafficking conspiracy scheme seems a bit farfetched.
 

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Here's the video I referenced


He simply said it's the beginning but then all the commentary in the video was basically wait and see.
 

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Mebbe I could buy all the assets for real real real cheap.
I could keep the "JA" in place by naming the company Just Adam
 
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Mebbe I could buy all the assets for real real real cheap.
I could keep the "JA" in place by naming the company Just Adam
Everytown bought up all of the available stock already...
 
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