With gun control suddenly at the forefront of the American political conversation, interest groups on both sides of the debate have started to make their own claims about the state of guns and gun violence in America. So, what do the numbers really look like? Check below the graphic for our sources.
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U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 924(c)
U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 2316
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