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Justice Department Unveils Gun Control Measures
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13 Mar 2018 07:17 AM EST

The Justice Department is unveiling a series of steps aimed at reducing gun violence, including directives aimed at bolstering the system used to conduct background checks on would-be gun buyers. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be sending letters to governors and state attorneys general nationwide urging states to submit more complete data to the federal system, including details on the outcome of criminal cases, officials said on Monday. Sessions has also directed federal prosecutors across the country to step up prosecutions of individuals found to have lied on applications to buy firearms. And he announced that the Justice Department would prioritize grant funds for police departments seeking to train armed officers to be located at schools — something President Donald Trump has repeatedly urged after the school shooting in Florida last month that killed 17 people.

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