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SVT investigated the selling of the Swedish fighter plane, the Gripen to the Czech government. In result the news organization uncovered bribery of politicians, the Austrian Count Alfons Mensdorff-Pouilly, a former Canadian government minister and a Czech weapons dealer. This prompted further investigation into two other Gripen deals between Hungary and South Africa.
The Post's detailed examination of the federal Bureau of Alcohol and Firearms and the lax regulation that allows abuses to go unchecked reveals that: the average weapons dealer can expect an inspection from federal regulators about once every 20 years; getting a federal license to sell rifles, shotguns and handguns can be as easy as sending in a two-page form and paying a $30 fee; chances are nearly nine out of 10 that no one will interview you beforehand; and, renewal of the three-year license are nearly automatic. (Nov. 29 - 30, 1992)