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The Gunfighters

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An ongoing series investigating the National Rifle Association’s influence on state policy and politics.

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The Reasonable Killing of an 89-Pound Boy

A child is gunned down for stealing change in heavily armed St. Louis, and Missouri gets a taste of what justice looks like when the NRA calls the shots.

By Mike Spies

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National polls show openness to tougher gun laws, but state lawmakers keep expanding gun rights and blocking reforms. One little letter explains why.

<strong>Torpedoed.</strong>
April 17, 2016

Torpedoed.

A legendary NRA lobbyist declared war on Florida officials who tried to stop a gun range from raining metal shot on a public park. A trove of emails and text messages reveals why it was never a fair fight.

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