An Inclusive Litany

10/18/99

In the midst of conducting a $400 million lawsuit against gun manufacturers and dealers, Detroit city officials admitted selling used police revolvers to raise money for new weapons. The city of Boston attached no conditions when it sold off some 3,000 handguns, even though it endorsed the legal theory that private vendors should be held liable if they display "willful blindness" to what happened after guns are sold. New Orleans, the first city to sue gun manufacturers, resold some 7,300 guns through an Indiana broker, most of which had been confiscated from lawbreakers. These included TEC-9s and various other semiautomatic weapons whose importation and manufacture Congress banned in 1994.

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