Gun lobbies cash in with congressional protection

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 1:00am

Early last Oct. 22, Conrad Johnson got up early, kissed his wife Denise and two sons goodbye, and went off to his job as bus driver for Montgomery County, Md. A couple of hours later, as he prepared to pick up his first passengers for the day, Johnson was shot and killed in the doorway of his bus: the last of the Washington area sniper victims.

To the relief of Denise Johnson and relatives of other victims, sniper suspects John Mohammed and Lee Boyd Malvo are now behind bars in Virginia, both charged with serial murders and facing the death penalty. Their fate will be determined by the criminal courts.

For Mrs. Johnson, that's not enough. She has also decided to sue the gun dealer and gun manufacturer for civil damages. But she may never be able to do so

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