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halt 160,000 gun sales
WASHINGTON (AP) - More than
160,000 people were prevented from
purchasing firearms durin, the first
year of computerized instant criminal
background checks on would-be gun
buyers, the Justice Department said
yesterday. Nearly three out of four of
them were convicted felons.
Combined with the 312,000 handgun
purchases barred during the manual
system in effect from Feb. 28, 1994,
through Nov. 30, 1998, the Brady Act
has barred a total of more than 470.000
prohibited people from acquiring
firearms, the department said.
State and local authorities did back-
ground.checks during the old system.
Under the National Instant Criminal
Background Check System that began
Dec. 1, 1998, about half the checks are
done by the FBI and the remainder by
states. Since the computerized system
bean. ifles anI other long guns, as
well as handguns, have been covered.
"The system has pro en to be highly
effective. performing more than 8.7
million checks in its first 12 months,"
Attorney Generai Janet Reno said.
"Keeping guns out of the wrong hands
has been crtical to the success of our
strategy for reducng gun violence and
(has) contributed to the unprece-
dented 7 I 2-year decline in crime in
President Clinton said in a statement:
"These ... are not just numbers. They
represent lives saved, injuries avoid,
tragedies averted." And the president
announced that the Treasury
Department on Tuesday began a new
computerized program, called Online
LEAD, to help local police use gun-
tracing data to catch illegal gun traf-
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Republicans," Bishop said.
Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor), one
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The Ypsilanti Deja Vu does not
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many late-night customers come from
the two adjacent bars before driving
"They can come over for a few hours
here and sober up," he said.
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