Kansas City Fire captain accused of selling firearms to felons

KMBZ News Staff
October 05, 2018 - 11:59 am

US Attorney

Kansas City, MO - A captain in the Kansas City Fire Department was charged in federal court today for selling dozens of firearms through straw buyers to convicted felons, according to the office of the US Attorney for the Western District of Missouri.

It's alleged that some of the felons who purchased the weapons used them to commit other crimes. One in particular was used in a murder in Jackson County, according to a statement released by the US Attorney.

James Samuels, 52, of Kansas City, Mo., was charged with one federal count of selling a firearm and ammunition to a prohibited person and one count of transferring a firearm for use in a violent crime.  The weapon is pictured above.

According to the statement from the US Attorney, "Samuels was arrested on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, following an undercover operation in which he sold a .38-caliber revolver to a confidential informant whom he knew to be a felon through an undercover federal agent posing as a straw buyer."

More: "According to an affidavit filed in support of today’s federal criminal complaint, Samuels purchased 77 firearms, including 57 Jimenez pistols. Of the 77 firearms Samuels has purchased, 47 of them were transferred to third parties, including 43 Jimenez pistols. Six of those pistols have been involved in other crimes. Samuels does not have a federal license to legally sell firearms."



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