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New bill would require background check to purchase explosives

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Legislation was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday that would require background checks for people who purchase explosive powder. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., authored the bill and says the introduction is a response to the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon. “It defies common sense that anyone, even a terrorist, can walk into a store in America and buy explosive powders without a...

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