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New campaign aims to curb illegal gun purchases in Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A new advertising campaign in Nashville aims to cut down the number of illegal firearms purchases.

Billboards around the area are carrying the slogan, "Buy a gun for someone who can't, buy yourself 10 years in jail. Don't lie for the other guy." The campaign runs throughout October and also includes 30-second radio announcements.

Representatives of the firearms industry and law enforcement introduced the campaign at a Wednesday news conference. Officials said there are no statistics on how many guns are purchased using straw buyers each year.

Linda McFayden-Ketchum, with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, said her group supports the effort. She believes many Tennessee residents don't know the practice is against the law.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is sponsoring the campaign.

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