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Glock's Controversy: How the Firearms Brand Stirred up Debate

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 04:50 PM

The Glock semi-automatic pistol is one of the top-selling handguns in America and the world. But the Glock’s controversy lies in its popularity with criminals and its proliferation on America’s streets.

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The firearms brand has stirred up debate because of the rise of Glock handguns on the street and handgun features that made it a dangerous weapon in the hands of gangs and lawbreakers. According to a report by WBUR, an NPR affiliate in Boston, the Glock controversy started in 1991 when 20 people were murdered in the first Glock shooting spree. The shooting sparked a debate in the U.S. Congress about setting up restrictions on guns of its ilk, such as its large ammunition capacity.

Paul Barrett, author of “Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun,” wrote, "It took a while, but by 1994, a bill was passed — this is what we remember as the Assault Weapons Bill — and was signed into law by President Clinton. It had a variety of restrictions. One of them was limiting the pistol magazine capacity to 10 rounds."

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The new law did not quell production or sales of Glock handguns, according to WBUR and The Guardian. The legislation granted a loophole for pre-existing gun equipment prior to the ban taking effect. Glock had stockpiled large-capacity magazines and firearms in the months and years before the law was enacted.

“Glock had this huge stockpile of the very equipment that many gun owners wanted to get because it was banned,” Barrett told WBUR listeners. “And the value of that equipment skyrocketed.”

According to The Guardian, Glock generated additional sales of now-banned equipment by persuading police departments to get rid of their old handgun equipment in exchange for newer firearms with higher capacity. Glock then turned to the used-gun market to sell the old equipment, where it eventually reached the streets.

"This process of always finding the exceptions, finding ways around efforts to restrict the Glock became a trademark for the company," Barrett told WBUR. "Right from the start, it helped the company, and it continues on through its entire history."

Exacerbating this controversy has been the promotion of Glocks in the entertainment industry. Critics claim the Glock’s appearances in motion pictures and hip-hop music videos and lyrics has glorified use of the semi-automatic pistol and made it more appealing to America’s youth, according to a report in Popular Mechanics.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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