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Obama to press gun control during visit to Chicago’s South Side

Friday, February 15, 2013

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President Obama heads to his hometown Chicago on Friday to press Congress to act on his proposals to reduce gun violence.

Obama will deliver his remarks at the Hyde Park Academy at around 2:45 p.m. CT. Obama’s speech follows his State of the Union address on Tuesday where he called for Congress to pass universal background checks for gun purchasers.

Obama also urged Congress to hold a vote on a federal assault weapons ban and impose a limit the size of ammunition magazines.

The president has made gun control a central focus of his second-term agenda in response to the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in December, which left 20 school children dead. A number of lawmakers, including a few with “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association (NRA), have called on federal action to prevent future shooting massacres.

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