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TEC-9 Semi-Automatic Pistol Used in Littleton

April 26, 1999
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Over 70,000 people yesterday mourned the victims of last week’s school shooting in Littleton, Colorado, at a service attended by Vice President Al Gore. Three of the 15 students killed in the attack were also buried yesterday, and the funerals of three more victims are scheduled for today.

Police are investigating whether the two gunmen, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, had help from anyone else in planning and carrying out the attack on Columbine High School. They plan to question an 18-year old woman today about whether she purchased one of the weapons used in the attack at a gun show.

President Clinton said this weekend he will renew attempts to get Congress to pass stricter gun laws, as it was revealed that one of the weapons used in the attack was a high-capacity semi-automatic pistol known as the TEC-9 and manufactured by the gun company Navegar, Inc. The TEC-9 was the gun of choice for villains in the 1980’s TV show "Miami Vice."

An article in today’s Wall Street Journal traces the history and the development of the TEC-9, which for years has been on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’s top-10 list of most investigated guns, and which has survived dozens of lawsuits and bans nationwide.

Guest:

  • Paul Barrett, Wall Street Journal staff reporter.

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