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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
Body found in Percy Priest Lake
May 25, 2013 20:14 GMT
SMYRNA, Tenn. (AP) -- Authorities say a body has been found in Percy Priest Lake in Middle Tennessee.
WSMV-TV (http://bit.ly/16gYKys) reports officials with Metro Police, the Office of Emergency Management and Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were at the scene Saturday at Hole In The Wall Island. The body was reported to authorities about 11 a.m.
TWRA officials say they believe the deceased man is a boater who disappeared in the lake two weeks ago.
Police said the agencies coordinated with each other to get a boat in the water and recover the body.
Information from: WSMV-TV, http://www.wsmv.com/
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