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Fact check: Gun control debate deals in moldy statistics


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In contending that 40 percent of gun transfers are conducted by private sellers, often "at gun shows and on the Internet," the mayors stretched a thin claim even thinner.

They cited the same old study as everyone else — one that was done well before the spread of online commerce. The study considered purchases by mail order — 3 percent of reported gun acquisitions — but makes no mention of online transactions.

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AP Polling Director Jennifer Agiesta and AP writer Alan Fram contributed to this report.




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