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Brady Pens an Open Letter to Jeff Sessions

March 16, 2018

The Honorable Jeff Sessions
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20530­-0001

Dear Attorney General Sessions:

The Brady Campaign and Center to Prevent Gun Violence welcomes your recently announced effort to crack down on those who lie on gun purchase forms, including straw purchasers.

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