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Two Teamsters Arrested Following Firearms Theft During Move-Out of SHOT Show

Danica Tormohlen
, Editor-at-Large
February 22, 2019
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LAS VEGAS — Two Teamsters who work for Local 631 were arrested for a firearms theft that occurred during move-out of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) held Jan. 22-25 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), producer of the Gold 100 trade show, said in statement: “All firearms on display during the trade show are required to be inoperable, a factor that proved helpful in the apprehension of the alleged perpetrators.”

The two forklift operators — Jamikko Foster, 27, and Eduardo Limon, 28 — were charged with possession of a stolen firearm and possession of an unregistered firearm, and federal agents recovered more than 65 firearms, including machine guns, and silencers, according to the U.S. District Court in Las Vegas (https://tinyurl.com/DOJ-report-TSE2019). Trade Show Executive contacted Teamsters Local 631 for comment but did not receive a response as of press time.

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Las Vegas Field Office, the U.S. Attorney’s office and Las Vegas metro police deserve great credit for the manner in which they conducted their joint investigation, quickly arresting and charging two individuals allegedly responsible for the theft of multiple firearms a day after the SHOT Show had concluded,” according to the NSSF statement.

In 2019, the 41st annual SHOT Show drew more than 58,000 industry professionals and a record 2,400 exhibiting companies covering more than 692,000 net square feet of exhibit space, according to a press release (https://tinyurl.com/NSSF-site-2019). The show reported it would generate expected approximately $90 million in non-gaming revenue into the Las Vegas economy. 

Following a report of the theft, ATF issued an alert to Federal Firearms Licensees (FFL) to be on the lookout for weapons missing firing pins. On Feb. 10, a FFL alerted ATF about two men who inquired about purchasing a firing pin for an AR-style firearm. ATF was able to identify Foster and Limon from surveillance footage.

Both men were arraigned Feb. 13 and freed pending a court hearing in late February. Foster has been charged with four weapons counts, including theft. Limon faces two counts. If convicted, the maximum statutory penalty is 10 years in prison for each count and a $250,000 fine.

“Because this is an ongoing investigation, we will have no additional comment at this time,” according to the NSSF statement.

Reach Mark Oliva, NSSF Manager, Public Affairs, at (202) 220-1340, ext. 204, or moliva@nssf.org

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