Gunmaker Faces ATF Scrutiny Over Link To Jimenez Arms

Gunmaker Faces ATF Scrutiny Over Link To Jimenez Arms

What To Know Today NEW from THE TRACE: The ATF is scrutinizing the license it granted an offshoot of a notorious gunmaker. In August 2020, Brian Freskos reported on Jimenez Arms, a gun manufacturer that experts say used bankruptcy to avoid the consequences of unscrupulous business practices. In a federal court filing last month, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said the ATF had agreed to initiate an inspection of J.A. Industries, a gun manufacturer founded within two months after Jimenez Arms enlisted bankruptcy protections in 2020. The bankruptcy was widely seen as an effort by owner Paul Jimenez to jettison lawsuits stemming from revelations that his company had supplied pistols to a Kansas City, Missouri, firefighter who later pleaded trafficking guns, at least one of which was used in a murder. Brian’s new story explores the ATF scrutiny now being applied to what appears to largely be a clone of Jimenez Arms. Dick Heller again gets D.C. to change its gun laws — this time over ghost guns. The city resident has sued the District on several occasions , including in the landmark 2008 Supreme Court case that bears his name . In September, Heller and two other city residents sued D.C. over its bans on home firearm manufacture and a 2020 law barring the possession and registration of ghost guns . Heller said the laws had prevented him from building his own gun even though he said he was willing to register […]

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