Magazine September 30, 2019, Issue

The Lawfare Campaign against Gunmakers

Gun advertisements inside a café in Indianapolis (Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Manufacturers of firearms should not be sued when people commit crimes with their products

Police, prosecutors, and policymakers: All of them respond to incentives, just like anybody else. Gun control provides a textbook example of that.

It is remarkable how little our elite law-enforcement agencies and prosecutors are willing to do when it comes to policing the criminal use of firearms. The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, whose office has responsibility for Chicago, has for years maintained a policy of refusing to prosecute most straw-buyer cases unless they are part of a larger organized-crime investigation, partly because those cases are a lot of work and partly because they tend to net a

This article appears as “The Right to Make Arms ” in the September 30, 2019, print edition of National Review.

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