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White House makes public photo of Obama skeet shooting

Published on Feb 3, 2013 11:32 AM
 
President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Maryland, in this White House handout photo taken Aug 4, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The White House has released a photo of President Barack Obama skeet shooting in an apparent bid to allay concerns by gun owners that he opposes firearms following a school massacre in December.

The effort to ban assault rifles and high capacity magazines has become a centerpiece of the president's second term agenda after a disturbed man gunned down 20 children and six adults on Dec 14 in the once quiet town of Newtown, Connecticut. But his measures - both proposed legislation and executive orders - face stiff opposition from the firearms lobby, as well as from politicians, critics and gun enthusiasts who contend they will infringe upon the constitutional right to bear arms.

In recent days, Mr Obama has made efforts to show that he is no stranger to sports shooting despite his efforts to stem rampant firearms violence. The president said last week that he had picked up skeet shooting as a hobby, telling The New Republic that he shot at clay pigeons "all the time."

But his newfound love for the shooting sport was met with skepticism from conservative skeptics. Mr Obama had not previously mentioned his skeet shooting habit in public.

 
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