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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The President takes his campaign for tighter gun laws to Minneapolis, a city that has taken numerous steps recently to curb gun violence.
"When it comes to protecting our children from gun violence, you've shown that progress is possible," says President Obama.
Though the White House has released a photo, taken this summer, destined to show the President can relate to gun enthusiasts, the Obama Administration also says this is the first trip of many aimed at rallying support outside the beltway for the President's sweeping package of tougher gun laws that includes reinstating the assault weapons ban and introducing universal background checks.
"These are common sense measures supported by Democrats, Republicans and Independents, and many of them are responsible gun owners," says President Obama.
The President faces an uphill battle on Capitol Hill, given the number of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle representing avid gun owners.
"Where he might be able to get something done is with an expanded type of background check," says NRA Executive VP Wayne LaPierre. "Banning assault weapons, I just see as a nonstarter completely."
Though a non-profit group, founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg worked to influence debate with a Super Bowl ad, the head of the NRA new says it opposes universal background checks because they will penalize responsible gun owners.
"It's a fraud to call it universal," says LaPierre. "It's never going to be universal. The criminals are not going to comply with it. They could care less."
Senate Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy says he hopes his committee will write gun control legislation this month, but it's unclear at this point exactly what proposals it would contain. The issue of gun control is a long way from over. You can join the debate on our Facebook page, Facebook.com/FoxNashville, or on our website at Fox17.com.
Tuesday, February 5 2013, 12:04 AM CST
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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