What California Company Makes the Lorcin 380 Handgun?


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The Lorcin 380 handgun was manufactured by Lorcin Engineering Company, which was a firearms manufacturer near Los Angeles, California from 1989 to 1998. The company went out of business once it officially filed for bankruptcy after a string of lawsuits against it related to wrongful deaths and product liability.

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Lorcin Engineering Company was one of a number of firearm manufacturing companies that were labeled the "Ring of Fire" companies by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. These companies got this name because they all were located in Los Angeles, they all manufactured similar and cheap handguns and they all had a connection to Raven Arms. While Lorcin Engineering was the top pistol manufacturing company in 1993, just 5 years later it went bankrupt from lawsuits that connected its weapons, such as the Lorcin 380 7-shot handgun, with gang activity and homicides in California, according to the Violence Policy Center.

Lorcin's slogan was "The World's Most Affordable Handguns." Many of the lawsuits filed against the company claimed that Lorcin Engineering Company was negligent in its distribution and in its marketing practices, which resulted in its handguns being possessed by criminals and gangs. Upon the time of the company's bankruptcy, there were 40 filed and pending lawsuits against it.

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