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SPECIAL REPORT: Gun Background Check Debate

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After years of leading the nation in gun permit denials, the numbers in Tennessee mirror the rest of the country.  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation believes it's because most criminals just quit asking.

Some fear people who can't legally buy guns are going on line to sites like Armslist.com  The site bills itself as an on-line gun marketplace.  Armslist connects buyers and sellers in states like Tennessee.  Private sales like this do not require background checks.  Some people fear loopholes like this makes it too easy for criminals to get guns.  Others argue universal background checks will only make law abiding citizens work harder to obtain legal weapons.

We talk with many of the stakeholders and an ex-con with an interesting perspective on what it will take to put a real dent in gun violence in Tennessee and the nation.