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Signs that the NRA is losing
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Now that they’re facing Washington’s first serious push for new gun violence prevention laws since the Columbine massacre, gun lobbyists are grasping at straws -- as in “straw” purchases. That’s the slang for someone who legally buys a firearm from a licensed gun dealer, then sells it to someone whose criminal or mental health record prohibits them from making a legal purchase. The National Rifle Association’s official position favors prosecuting straw purchases, but defends allowing the same sale without background checks from private dealers at gun shows.