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Barack Obama takes guns rules campaign to Midwest

Published on Feb 4, 2013 10:40 PM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - President Barack Obama on Monday takes his gun control campaign to Minneapolis, where efforts have helped curtail violence in a state that is also home to an active hunting culture.

"Minneapolis is a city that has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed," a White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The state of Minnesota is also emblematic of the challenges Obama will face in advancing gun control in Congress.

While the state's two Democratic US senators have said they are sympathetic to measures to curb gun violence, the National Rifle Association, the largest gun-rights group in the country, has backed all four Republicans and two of the Democrats who represent Minnesota in the House of Representatives, according to data compiled by the Centre for Responsive Politics.

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