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United States

13 August 2001


WASHINGTON — To gun-rights groups, Attorney General John Ashcroft's decision to have the FBI purge records of background checks on lawful gun buyers after only a day is a major victory in the fight to preserve the rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms. To gun-control groups, it's a crippling blow to the ability of the nation's system of checking the backgrounds on prospective gun buyers to catch criminals and crooked firearms dealers. Both views overstate the... (

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