Gun Prosecution Issue Forges Odd Alliance

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In an unlikely tandem, gun-control groups and a congressman who has long supported gun rights are pressuring the Justice Department to become more aggressive in prosecuting weapons crimes.

U.S. Rep John D. Dingell (D-Mich.), a vocal backer of the Second Amendment, wrote to Attorney General John Ashcroft last week demanding to know “how the Justice Department plans to improve its abysmal record of enforcement of all of the major federal firearms statutes.”

According to the New York Times, Dingell finds himself aligned with gun-control groups like Americans for Gun Safety, a Washington-based lobby that put out a study last month concluding that only 2 percent of federal gun crimes result in prosecutions.


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