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Philadelphia Sues Gun Vendors It Alleges Engaged in Straw Purchases


Philadelphia, PA (CBS) – Philadelphia is suing several firearms vendors it claims “recklessly and repeatedly engaged” in straw purchasing transactions, the city said Tuesday. The city alleges the vendors have fueled its gun violence crisis.

Two Northeast Philadelphia vendors–Frank’s Gun Shop and Shooting Range and Delia’s Gun Shop–and are named in the lawsuit, the city said. Tanner’s Sports Center in Jamison, Pennsylvania, is also named.

Philadelphia is alleging the vendors are the source of more than 1,300 guns recovered from crimes in the city from 2015 to 2019.

More information regarding the specifics of this case can be found here.