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Obama supporters aim to outflank NRA on guns

FILE – This Jan. 16, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, gesturing as he talks about proposals to reduce gun violence, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. Supporters of President Barack Obama’s gun control plans are plotting a methodical, state-by-state campaign to try to persuade key lawmakers that it’s in their political interest to back new restrictions. To do that, they have to overcome two decades of conventional wisdom that gun control is bad politics _ and the National Rifle Association is confident its supporters will prevail. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

FILE – This Jan. 16, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, gesturing as he talks about proposals to reduce gun violence, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. Supporters of President Barack Obama’s gun control plans are plotting a methodical, state-by-state campaign to try to persuade key lawmakers that it’s in their political interest to back new restrictions. To do that, they have to overcome two decades of conventional wisdom that gun control is bad politics _ and the National Rifle Association is confident its supporters will prevail. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Supporters of President Barack Obama’s gun-control proposals are planning a methodical, state-by-state campaign to convince key lawmakers that it’s in their political interest to back the effort.

But it will require overturning two decades of conventional wisdom that gun control is bad politics. And the National Rifle Association seems confident it won’t work.

Fifty or so gun-control groups, labor unions and others are working together to go after lawmakers — including moderate Democrats in the Senate and House Republicans in districts won by Obama. These lawmakers will be lobbied by constituents to support Obama’s plans.

The NRA, in turn, is activating its base of supporters to oppose the Obama proposals.

Associated Press

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