Former Kansas City fire captain pleads guilty in gun case
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Kansas City Fire Department captain who illegally bought and sold firearms — some to convicted felons — pleaded guilty Monday to seven federal weapons charges, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced.
James Samuels, 54, admitted he bought the guns between November 2013 and August 2018 while he was not a licensed dealer. He transferred 47 of the guns to third parties, with 10 to 20 going to people he knew could not legally have weapons.
Samuels conspired with others to make false statements to federally licensed firearms dealers about the actual buyer of firearms, prosecutors said. He also bought firearms and then transferred ownership to another person, who later reported the firearms had been stolen.
Samuels resigned from the Kansas City Fire Department on Oct. 8, 2018, four days after he was arrested.
He has been in federal custody without bond since his arrest. His sentencing has not been scheduled.
As part of the plea agreement, Samuels agreed that $11,282 seized by law enforcement officers during a search of his home will be applied to any fine imposed by the court.