Jimenez Arms

ATF Shuts Down Gunmaker After Suit By Anti-Gun Group

Harold Hutchison 

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) revoked a Nevada firearm manufacturer’s license following litigation from an anti-gun organization and two states challenging the agency’s decision to reinstate the gunmaker’s license, multiple outlets reported.

“ATF hereby reports that, on March 24, 2022, it sent JA Industries a notice of revocation of its firearms license,” a March 30 letter from the ATF said. The letter came after a lawsuit brought by the city of Kansas City, Missouri, and the state of Illinois as well as Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun-control group partly founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other mayors, challenged the ATF’s decision to grant a license to JA Industries, USA Today reported.

Jimenez Arms Closed By ATF
Jimenez Arms

The company, originally known as Jimenez Arms, made affordable handguns until filing for bankruptcy in 2020 on the heels of a lawsuit in which Kansas City claimed it was a public nuisance due to its alleged contribution to firearms trafficking, Newsweek reported.

It later reincorporated as JA Industries and was reissued its license by the ATF.

Everytown then followed up with a 2021 lawsuit against the ATF over its decision to grant the license to JA Industries, claiming that due to its alleged violations of the Gun Control Act, the gunmaker was ineligible to be licensed.

“I think this is an undisputed important step toward shutting down a manufacturer that flouted federal law and facilitated gun trafficking,” John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, told USA Today. “It shouldn’t have taken three lawsuits to get ATF to do its job. I can only hope this marks a beginning of a new era at ATF where it starts to serve as a watchdog of the American people rather than a lapdog to the gun industry.”

“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,” Alla Lefkowitz, Senior Director of Affirmative Litigation at Everytown Law, said in a release by the gun-control group.

Gun writer Lee Williams tweeted, “ATF, Everytown hound Jimenez Arms out of business.”

Neither the ATF nor JA Industries responded to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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6 Replies to “ATF Shuts Down Gunmaker After Suit By Anti-Gun Group”

  1. While Jimenez Arms aren’t the best quality, their affordability allows the poor to arm themselves. This is important because they are often the victims of violent crime and cannot afford more expensive firearms.

  2. Having a low cost firearm can come in handy in more ways than one. Like when you are bangin your sister-in-law and she gets pissed and takes your gun and throws it in a dumpster behind a grocery store next to a high school. I didn’t even miss that one although dad got pretty nervous over it.

  3. Anyone who thinks the ATF is a “lapdog” to the gun industry has never been an active member of the firearms community. ATF is widely hated by both the industry and the customers for their capricious and overzealous approach to the laws. Often times, their interpretation of the laws is such a blatant stretch that they are effectively creating new laws from whole cloth. What is legal in January is suddenly a felony in March, even though no laws have changed.

  4. Would have been nice to see some sort of specific basis for the proglodyte’s clams against JA.

    1. Absolutely. They’d best provide proof of JA participating in gun trafficking. Everytown likely believes legal sales to be gun trafficking so they must be made to learn the definitions of terms they toss about so casually. And heavily fined to boot.

  5. Fossil fueled cars are about to be banned.
    The Second Amendment’s the only thing that’s stopped the left from banning all firearms.
    They are relentless.

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