Winchester bows to pressure, halts Talon bullet sales

November 23, 1993|By New York Times News Service

The manufacturer of the hollow-point pistol rounds designed to do a greater physical damage than ordinary ammunition announced yesterday that it was the withdrawing the cartridges from sale to the general market.

The decision by the manufacturer, Winchester Ammunition, to withdraw the Black Talon cartridges comes just 2 1/2 weeks after some lawmakers proposed banning them. One threatened to impose a 10,000 percent tax on the sale of the exotic ammunition as one way of helping to finance health care reform.

The East Alton, Ill.-based company acknowledged the impact of such proposals in their formal announcement.

Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan, D-N.Y., who had proposed the heavy tax on the bullets applauded the company's "good sense and good grace" in withdrawing the bullet from the market, while Rep. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who had proposed the ban on the ammunition, called the decision a "victory for public safety".

Many police agencies, including Baltimore County, have adopted the powerful bullet as a more certain way of stopping an attacker and less likely to penetrate the target to harm bystanders.

The Black Talon and other high performance ammunition expand upon impact, keeping it from going through a target.

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