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RUBY’S HEIRS FIGHT IRS FOR GUN

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The heirs of Jack Ruby, embroiled in a decades-long battle over ownership of the gun Ruby used to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, now are fighting the IRS over claims to the weapon.

A probate judge Friday gave the Internal Revenue Service until Jan. 15 to prove its claim to proceeds from the sale of the .38-caliber Colt Cobra that Ruby used to kill Harvey two days after the assassination of President Kennedy.The gun might bring at least $125,000 on the historical artifacts market, according to one estimate.

Ruby's brother, Earl, has until Dec. 22 to demonstrate to the court his and other heirs' contention that they have a better claim to profits from the estate, said Dallas County Probate Judge Robert E. Price.

Ruby died in 1967, four years after he shot Oswald in the basement of the Dallas City Jail. At the time, Ruby owed the IRS $17,000. The back-tax bill, plus penalties and interest, has grown to $86,010. The state of Texas also is seeking $1,227 in back taxes from the estate.