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Army 1st Lt. Jonathan P. Brostrom, 24, was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 in the battle of Wanat. Critics of the M4 have long pointed to that battle as evidence that the rifle's design is flawed. (U.S. Army)

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An assault weapon is being assembled at Scott Traudt's Green Mountain Defense Industries in Vermont. Mr. Traudt, a small-arms specialist, said that "fielding a battle rifle whose barrel blows up in sustained fire after only 490 rounds is criminal negligence."

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper confers with his attorney Blair Berk during an appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, where he pleaded not guilty Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, to charges of drugging and raping two women. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood night club. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper looks toward his attorney Blair Berk during an appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, where he pleaded not guilty Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, to charges of drugging and raping two women. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Mario Anzuoni, Pool)

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper appears in Los Angles Superior Court, where he pleaded not guilty to charges of drugging and raping two women, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper's bail has been increased from $200,000 to $1 million. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, right, huddles with attorney Blair Berk in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood night club. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, left, and attorney Blair Berk, center, listen as attorney Leonard Levine addresses the court in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood night club. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)

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Former NFL safety Darren Sharper, right, huddles with attorney Leonard Levine in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Sharper has pleaded not guilty to charges that he drugged and raped two women he met at a West Hollywood night club. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Bob Chamberlin, Pool)