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Republicans asked CBI Director Ron Sloan at a Feb. 3 legislative hearing to start differentiating the statistics on private background checks. Sloan agreed to look into it.

Republican Sen. Ted Harvey argued that the agency numbers on private-sale background checks are a misleading indication of the law’s effect.

“I don’t think they really understand what last year’s legislation did,” Harvey said of the law’s supporters.

Democrats and the CBI have insisted the new background check law is working and protecting public safety.


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Associated Press writer Kristen Wyatt contributed to this report.