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Local officials point to a .50-caliber assault weapon during a 2005 news conference in Chicago, a year before Cook County officials enacted an assault weapons ban. The law has been upheld by trial and appeals courts. On Thursday, a federal appeals court again kept the law in place. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Brian Kemp, Georgia's secretary of state, holds a gun as he talks to a young man in one of his ads for his campaign for governor. It has spurred national outrage. Brian Kemp's campaign for Georgia governor via Twitter/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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After Parkland, Some Republicans Try To Outdo Each Other On Gun Rights In Primaries

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Law enforcement officers block off the entrance to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 15 in Parkland, Fla. A day earlier a gunman opened fire in the school, killing 17 people. Wilfredo Lee/AP hide caption

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In Florida, Cities Challenge State On Gun Regulation Laws

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There are roughly 300 million guns in America today. Gun owners have been thinking deeply about the role of firearms in American life. George Frey/Getty Images hide caption

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Gun Owners Grapple With Shifting Conversations Around Firearms

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Saturday that the Justice Department is formally moving to ban the sale or manufacture of bump stocks through regulatory action. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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