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Gun Group`s Radio Show Tests Limits On Advocacy

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

In a direct challenge to federal limits on political advocacy, the National Rifle Association plans to begin broadcasting a daily radio program on Thursday to provide news and pro-gun commentary to 400,000 listeners. "The great thing about America is there is no test about the right to provide information to the American public," the executive vice president of the association, Wayne LaPierre, said in an interview. "There is no government licensing of journalists. Tom Paine was free to pamphlet. So are we."

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