Attorney General Loretta Lynch testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, before the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies subcommittee hearing on gun control. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)
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