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Gun control fight spills over to federal research

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington’s fight over firearms restrictions isn’t limited to Congress. It’s also taking place in the halls of science, where gun control advocates and the National Rifle Association differ over the directions federal research on gun violence should take.

John Frazer, research director of the NRA’s legislative arm, told a committee of experts on guns and public health on Tuesday that better data is needed on the benefits of gun ownership.

The president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Dan Gross, said more information is needed on how people get guns and the deaths that the firearms cause.

The panel will make recommendations about subjects federal gun research should examine. President Barack Obama has ordered the government to resume gun violence research, which Congress has blocked for years.

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