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The city of Baltimore is suing state Attorney General Eric Holder for not providing a list of the 1,300 or so weapons the city has seized in the crackdown on gun crimes.
While Holder’s office says it will turn over the list by Oct. 10 — just two days before the city must turn over the list to the State Police — it turns out that the Attorney General’s Office hasn’t disclosed the specific weapons that were taken, the Baltimore Sun reports.
The city’s lawyers don’t think there’s much public interest in the list, and the attorney general’s office is “confident” that the list will only be released after a trial. The city says it’s more important to win on a key issue and “hold accountable” those carrying a gun.
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young (D-Ward 6) said the city should make its own list of weapons it owns instead of using the names of individuals who are believed to be carrying them.
“I think the Attorney General has to do his job, to try to keep these numbers down, to make sure people who are not complying with the laws or not obeying the law that he has put in place won’t be able to come back and have some more trouble,” Young said. “When there is public concern, the Attorney General does his job by getting this information up there.”
If the city does release the list, that will bring back a number of weapons that Baltimore Police said it took in the crackdown on gun crimes.
According to the Baltimore Sun:
It’s unclear if the attorney general has made a copy of its list. But under Maryland law, anyone seeking to seize assets in any civil action must provide a list of property seized. In 2013, the State Police provided an array of assets worth $1.9 million — including a house in which the city stored equipment for the Baltimore riots and a car that had belonged to Freddie Gray. But the city failed to provide a copy of the list that contained the seized weapons.
While the state’s chief attorney has argued that the state had to