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Gun Policy News, 8 April 2004

United States

8 April 2004

Reuters

CRAWFORD, Texas — President Bush will open the gates to his Prairie Chapel ranch on Thursday to about 20 representatives of various sporting and conservation organizations, including the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever. An avid fisher and occasional hunter, Bush loves to show off the scenic canyons, streams and trails of the 1,600-acre ranch to foreign leaders, friends and political supporters. The NRA, a powerful lobby opposing gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

8 April 2004

Chicago Sun-Times

The Illinois State Police have collected computerized records of 2.15 million firearms transactions since 1992, when the state launched instant background checks of gun buyers. Now, Gov. Blagojevich is trying to fend off federal efforts to scrap this statewide database of gun purchases that he believes is key to the fight against terrorism and street crime — but which the gun lobby calls an infringement of buyers' constitutional rights. Blagojevich is concerned... (GunPolicy.org)

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