Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Quinton Lucas is teaming up with Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown Law (part of his Everytown for Gun Safety network) to sue four firearms manufacturers and distributors, alleging that the companies engaged in a conspiracy to traffic firearms in the city. It marks the first municipal lawsuit against a firearms manufacturer in at least a decade, and is another clear bit of evidence that Bloomberg isn’t just spending his money backing anti-gun candidates. He’s created a high-powered law firm exclusively to help advance his gun control agenda.
The lawsuit revolves around the case of a man named James Samuels, a former firefighter who is accused of illegally trafficking dozens of firearms over a period of five years.
According an affidavit… Samuels purchased a total of 77 firearms, including 57 pistols. Of those firearms, Samuels allegedly sold 47, including six that have been involved in other crimes.
Samuels’ alleged actions are illegal because he does not have a federal license to legally sell firearms.
According to the affidavit, there were eight specific transactions where Samuels sold firearms to straw buyers, including on April 7, 2016. He sold multiple firearms to a straw buyer that day, including one pistol that was later used in the July 5, 2016 murder of Alvino D. Crawford.