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Mayors Ask U.S. Backing For Melting Seized Guns
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The Washington Post (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Washington, D.C.
Author: Claiborne, William
Date: Jan 28, 1994
Start Page: a.04
Section: A SECTION

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) said the practice of police departments selling seized weapons to gun dealers and at public auctions is "very prevalent" and contributes significantly to the rate of violent crime. Daley said destroying guns has had a "very dramatic effect" on reducing crime in Chicago and in other cities that melt down weapons.

Daley and Phoenix Mayor Paul Johnson said they would support federal legislation linking federal anti-crime funds to gun meltdowns, although Daley said he hopes most mayors will voluntarily adopt the practice.

The mayors also urged cities and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to force licensed gun dealers to comply with state and city gun ordinances as a way of putting more pressure on dealers. [Deedee Corradini] said 80 percent of the nation's 280,000 licensed gun dealers operate out of their homes or apartments - and not storefronts - and often are overlooked by regulatory agencies.

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