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It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to transport, ship, or receive, in interstate or foreign commerce, any firearm which has had the importer's or manufacturer's serial number removed, obliterated, or altered.
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Supenski's research for an association of police chiefs of large American cities found that the TEC-9 was "far and away" the leading assault weapon seized by law enforcement agencies in such cities in 1990 and 1991, "accounting for 24% of all assault weapons seized, and 42% of all assault pistols seized." A 1989 study by Cox Newspapers, using previously unanalyzed gun-trace data from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) (that is, information on guns that had been used in crimes and whose chain of ownership was traced by the BATF at the request of law enforcement agencies), found that the use of assault weapons in crime rose dramatically between 1987 and 1988, that assault weapons are 20 times more likely to be used for criminal purposes than are conventional weapons, and that of the assault weapons traced, one in five was a TEC-9. The Cox study concluded the TEC-9 was "the nation's No. 1 assault weapon of crime" and "the favorite of drug dealers, apparently because it is inexpensive . . . easily concealed and is available with a 36 round magazine." A 1994 BATF report on the TEC-9 found it was among the 10 most frequently traced guns in 1991 through 1993. Total traces for the TEC-9/DC9 and TEC-22 in 1990 through 1993 numbered 3,710, including 319 murder cases and 234 cases of assault.
Because firearms are very durable and markets for traditional hunting guns have been stable or declining in recent years, "innovation . . . has become central to virtually everything the industry has done over the last two decades." (Diaz, Making a Killing: The Business of Guns in America, supra, at p. 93.) The search for innovative approaches to designing and selling firearms, according to Diaz, "could have taken any number of paths. The industry might, for example, have chosen to develop safer firearmse.g., guns with passive safety devices such as childresistant locks and load indicators to show when they are loaded. . . .  But gun industry executives deliberately chose to take exactly the opposite direction . . . . steadily increasing] the lethality of guns and ammunition. They have made guns to hold more rounds, increased the power of those rounds, and made guns smaller and more concealable." (Id. at pp. 95-96.) While one cannot predict what precise effect recent legislation and the continuing cultural reaction to gun violence will have on these trends, there is no reason to assume that applying traditional principles of negligence to gunmakers and sellers would not have the salutary effect of encouraging safer design and marketing decisions in the future.