City officials said they were worried that guns sold to the public would end up in the hands of criminals.
Reveal Investigative Fellow, 2016-17
Alain Stephens is a reporter for the “Texas Standard,” a statewide radio news show aired from KUT in Austin. Stephens served in the U.S. Coast Guard and Air Force and spent time as a police officer in North Texas before making the switch to journalism. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, focused on law enforcement. When he’s not digging up stories, he spends most of his free time reading comic books and watching YouTube.
The public used to know when and how police guns turned up in crimes. But in 2003, Congress passed a law prohibiting the release of trace information.
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