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Cincinnati Sues Handgun Makers

April 29, 1999

CINCINNATI (AP) _ Cincinnati has joined a growing number of cities suing gun manufacturers to recover damages for crimes involving firearms.

The City Council on Wednesday voted 5-4 to file a suit that will seek millions of dollars in damages from handgun manufacturers for alleged expenses stemming from gun violence.

The suit is similar to those filed by officials in Atlanta, Bridgeport, Conn., Cleveland, Chicago, Miami-Dade County, Fla., Detroit and Wayne Co., Mich., and New Orleans.

In February, a federal court jury in Brooklyn, N.Y., found nine gun makers liable for shootings. Three companies were ordered to pay a total of $500,000 to one of seven plaintiffs.

Firearms industry representatives say the lawsuits do nothing to prevent crime and are aimed at driving gunmakers out of business.

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