National Geographic : 1991 Mar
i :'ii^/ i ii!.719i!ii ii )i;i i ,,i i"i:!,! '.*, /ff'w. ' ' ". WARSAW, POLAND Aiming for customers fed up with rising crime, a gun bou tique manager demonstrates pistols for a potential buyer. Legally imported from West Germany, the pistols fire gas pellets: tear gas, asphyxiating gas, skin-burning gas, and temporarily paralyzing gas. The manager holds the heavy model favored by young people, the "Miami," named for the Miami Vice television show pop ular in Poland. It brings about $500 U. S., yet sales are brisk despite the expense. Burglaries, muggings, and murders have all increased with the collapse of the police state. Many of the new gun merchants, including this one, are former agents of the dis banded secret police.