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The Daily BeastMar 22, 2018
Dickey Amendment: Did Congress Just Unleash the CDC on Guns?
Photo lllustration by The Daily BeastLanguage tucked into a government spending bill in Congress may end the de facto 22-year-old ban on gun research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The bill released by lawmakers on Wednesday included funding for school safety and strengthening background checks for guns. But maybe most significantly, it also clarifies the  "Dickey Amendment" by saying the CDC is allowed to study the causes and effects of gun violence.

Named after its author, former Rep. Jay Dickey, the amendment barred the CDC  from doing research to "advocate or promote gun control." Passed in 1996, it also stripped the CDC of the $2.6 million in funding it had set aside that year for gun-violence research. After the funding cut and warning, the CDC interpreted the amendment as a practical ban on studying gun violence.

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