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Mitt Romney Wanted A Federal Ballistic Fingerprinting Program

The National Rifle Association, the Bush administration, and other gun lobbying groups were against the measure. Romney, who signed into law the Bay State's first assault weapons ban, is viewed with some suspicion by gun rights groups for his past support of strong gun control measures. Romney, an avid promoter of federalism, said the program would be best run on a federal not a state level, if ongoing studies proved the program stopped crime.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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