Kansas City files lawsuit against gun dealers, manufacturer

Marc LaVoie
January 07, 2020 - 4:48 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The government of Kansas City has filed a public nuisance lawsuit against multiple organizations involved in the firearms industry.

A news release from the city said that firearms, mostly handguns, were involved in 95 percent of homicides in 2019 in Kansas City.

“Today’s definitive action by the City of Kansas City and Everytown Law signals that our community will not look the other way when it comes to illegal gun trafficking,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in the release. “As we continue working to end the violent crime epidemic in Kansas City, identifying and prosecuting those who illegally obtain or provide guns to those should not have them, as defined by law, will remain part of the solution.”

The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Jackson County circuit court, names gunmaker Jimenez Arms, Inc., and three local firearm dealers that go by the names CR Sales Firearms, Conceal & Carry and Mission Ready Gunworks.

The three dealers all sold Jimenez Arms weapons, which the city alleges have been frequently and disproportionately recovered at crime scenes in the Kansas City region.  

The lawsuit cites the case of former Kansas City Fire Captain James Samuels, who was charged in federal court in 2018 for allegely trafficking in firearms to be sold to felons. 

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