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14 October 2002

Houston Chronicle (Texas)

WASHINGTON — After a long day at a Laredo gun show, Tommy Bean wanted to take his friends across the Rio Grande to eat dinner in Mexico. But when a routine border check turned up several boxes of ammunition rattling around in his Chevy Suburban, the Vidor car salesman and part-time gun dealer landed in a Mexican jail for arms smuggling. Six months later, Bean returned to the United States in a prisoner exchange and eventually was released. Even though his crime... (

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