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Resource ID: #15611
Subject: Guns
Source: Chicago Tribune
Date: 1997-12-28


A four-part series. 1.) Military Scrap Reborn as Firearms. Tens of thousand of rebuilt military weapons have been sold to the public. Some of the world's most powerful combat rifles can wind up in almost anyone's hands with a minimum of paperwork. 2.) Built for the battlefield, bound for the streets. Through the 94-year-old Civilian Marksmanship Program, thousands of obsolete military firearms are sold to private owners. Trouble is, there are no safeguards on the weapon's resale. 3.) Want to buy a weapon? Step right up. At poorly monitored gun shows -- as well as on the Internet -- buyers and sellers can undertake transactions that don't require background checks or paperwork. 4.) Assault gun 'ban' designed to backfire. With gaping loopholes the law is easily skirted.

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