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The Wall Street Journal: Congress set to lift CDC ban on studying gun violence

WASHINGTON — Congress paved the way for a resumption of public health research into gun violence by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of several measures inserted in a broad spending bill that will address the Parkland shooting.

In a victory for Democrats, the provision will partially reverse the 1996 ban, known as the “Dickey Amendment,” which the CDC has interpreted as a blanket prohibition on gun-violence research. The legislation will explicitly allow the agency to conduct public health research on gun use, though it would still be barred from advocating tighter gun control.

Supporters say the Dickey provision ensures that the federal government doesn’t become enmeshed in a contentious political issue.

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