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Gun Waiting Period Extension Sought

June 15, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

The Clinton administration hopes to extend the Brady Act five-day waiting period for handgun purchases, which is due to expire in November, a senior White House official said. "We think that's a priority because it has worked effectively," presidential advisor Rahm Emanuel said on NBC-TV's "Meet the Press." The 1993 Brady Act set up the waiting period and required the establishment of a national system to perform instant checks on would-be gun buyers. Under the act, the system replaces the waiting period Nov. 30 this year. The waiting period is designed to weed out convicted felons and others who are barred from buying guns.

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