Gun commonly used in crimes among the least expensive on the market

  • Article by: Matt McKinney and Maya Rao , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 21, 2013 - 10:20 PM

The most common semiautomatic handgun seized on the streets of Minneapolis is the Hi-Point C-9, a weapon that’s also one of the nation’s most controversial. Nationally, it has been the gun with the fastest “time-to-crime” of any firearm used by youth ages 18 to 24, according to a 2002 report published by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The report found that a C-9 used in a crime typically had been purchased one year earlier, a measure of the buyer’s intent when purchasing the firearm.

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kruzelcMar. 21, 1310:57 PM

Do people sue the knife maker when someone gets stabbed? Do they sue Ford or Jack Daniels when a drunk driver kills someone? What is with the constant chasing of someone else to sue to get money when in reality it is just one person who is at fault, but they just happen to be worth $4?

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luzhishenMar. 22, 1312:16 AM

Treat them like cars and make them buy insurance, report them when stolen, etc. Deadly property is deadly property, regardless of what the manufacturers' shills say. Oh, and if you want a "well-regulated militia", have them registered (which the colonials did) and have yearly training days, when you can see which bozos should be given lethal weapons or not.

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fatgaryMar. 22, 13 6:09 AM

"purchased one year earlier, a measure of the buyer’s intent when purchasing the firearm"...What???.... pretty sure whoever purchased the gun, did legally, then was stolen and used in a crime.....

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fatgaryMar. 22, 13 6:13 AM

luzhishen.."Treat them like cars and make them buy insurance".....make who? criminals? good luck with that.....

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mmediaMar. 22, 13 6:43 AM

"Brown was not charged with any crime." __ Is this what the NRA means when it says "Enforce Current Laws."

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EleanoreMar. 22, 13 7:06 AM

Didn't we do the saturday night special hit pieces like this in 1968? I'm pretty sure this is ancient news and not really entertainment worthy.

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sharkysharkMar. 22, 13 9:22 AM

Brown was not the "straw-purchaser", it was the girlfriend of the real buyer that stated in writing that the guns were for her. This is the mechanism that brings legal guns to the black market.

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