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April 13, 2014 | NPR · As the anniversary of last year's marathon bombing approaches, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with correspondent Carrie Johnson about the investigation and legal wrangling yet to come.
 

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Jan 3, 2014 — Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the White House says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.
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Dec 31, 2013 — Judge William Skretny in Buffalo rejected arguments from opponents that a ban on large-capacity magazines and the sale of semi-automatic rifles infringed on Second Amendment rights.
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Dec 13, 2013 — On the surface, it may look like the gun lobby ultimately won the political battles that mattered in the past year. After all, Congress failed to pass tougher gun laws. But the reality is more mixed; the result was more of a standoff.
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Sep 12, 2013 — The effort to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on legislation that would have nixed federal rules fell one vote shy of passing.
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Aug 29, 2013 — The two orders would stop private individuals from importing U.S.-made military surplus weapons from abroad and close a loophole that allows some felons to skirt background checks.
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Jul 10, 2013 — Lawmakers voted to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, who is facing a tough re-election fight next year. The Illinois State Police expects to receive 300,000 applications for conceal-carry permits in the first year.
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Jul 6, 2013 — Severely wounded by a gunman in 2011, the Arizona Democrat is pushing to close the so-called gun show and Internet loopholes. She and husband Mark Kelly are taking their campaign directly to gun owners.
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May 31, 2013 — The letters were sent to President Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a gun control group the mayor supports. Investigators say they were postmarked in Louisiana, near where the man being questioned lives.
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Apr 30, 2013 — Gov. Jan Brewer signed the legislation requiring weapons collected in buyback programs to be re-sold. She also signed a separate bill that bars local governments from keeping lists of people who possess firearms.
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Apr 18, 2013 — With the failure of Senate gun-control legislation, House Republicans need not worry about a torrent of negative campaign ads against them over their opposition to such bills. Some Senate Democrats are likely breathing a sigh of relief, too.
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