Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Still not Gunnin' for the Source
Convicted Washington, D.C.-area sniper John Muhammad awaits the death penalty, and his teenage accomplice, Lee Malvo, faces life in prison. But Bull's Eye Shooter Supply in Tacoma, Wash., where they picked up the carbine used to kill 16 people across five states in 2002 is still in business - in spite of hundreds of gun-law violations since 1997.

According to documents obtained by The Seattle Times in a freedom-of-information lawsuit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), guns traced to Bull's Eye were involved in 52 killings and other crimes from 1997 through 2001. The sniper case finally prodded the ATF to yank the dealer's license of the store's owner. He since has turned the Bull's Eye over to a friend while appealing the case.


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