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The States Confront Gun Violence - NYTimes.com

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"A week ago... Republicans introduced a bill in the Wyoming Legislature to block any federal limitation on firearms, such as an assault weapons ban. A federal agent seeking to enforce such a ban would be guilty of a felony and face five years in prison"..."Already, states like these have done enormous damage to public safety by acceding to the N.R.A.'s demands for laws that are anything but symbolic. The gun lobby hasn't been content with the ability of Americans to lawfully possess hundreds of millions of handguns and assault rifles. It wants gun owners to be able to carry these weapons anywhere they want, even among children, concealed or displayed, and preferably without the annoyance of permits, background checks, or safety precautions"... too many states continue to put their citizens at risk as they pledge ever-greater fealty to the gun manufacturers."

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