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Obama Getting Ready to Unveil New Gun Controls?

| by Reason Foundation

By Damon W. Root

The topic of gun control was noticeably absent during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this week, but according to Newsweek, that’s all part of the administration’s latest scheme:

An administration official says Obama didn’t mention guns in his speech because of the omnipresent controversy surrounding the Second Amendment and gun control. Tuesday’s speech was designed to be more about the economy and how, as Obama repeated nine times, the U.S. could “win the future.”

But in the next two weeks, the White House will unveil a new gun-control effort in which it will urge Congress to strengthen current laws, which now allow some mentally unstable people, such as alleged Arizona shooter Jared Loughner, to obtain certain assault weapons, in some cases without even a background check.

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