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Every year, federal agents trace the histories of about 200,000 firearms used in crimes. The city of Chicago wanted details of those traces for a lawsuit against the gun industry. The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear arguments in the dispute next week, but the Justices cancelled the arguments in light of a congressional appropriations measure blocking federal officials from spending money on preparing the records release. Gun-control advocates, noting that Chicago had offered to pay the costs itself, predicted that the issue will be back in the high court later.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A10347-2003Feb27.html

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