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Obama skeet shooting: NRA says it's a ploy to confiscate guns

That photo of President Obama firing a shotgun continues to generate comment and controversy just as he’s about to leave Washington to promote his ideas about improving gun safety.

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President Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., in August. The White House released a photo of Obama firing a gun two days before he heads to Minnesota to discuss gun control.

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That photo of President Obama firing a shotgun continues to generate comment and controversy just as he’s about to leave Washington to promote his ideas about improving gun safety.

While some conspiracy theorists claim the photo of the president shooting skeet at Camp David is phony – digitally manipulated – most commentators accept it for what it is: A White House photo op to show that Mr. Obama has at least tried his hand at sport shooting.

"I believe that he shot skeet and if he does it and enjoys it, that's wonderful," Scott Melchisedech, former president of the Minnesota Skeet Shooting Association, told the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis-St. Paul, where Obama will talk about gun issues with law enforcement officials on Monday.

Still, Mr. Melchisedech suggested gently, “I could work with him a little bit on his form.”

A top official with the National Skeet Shooting Association said the photo suggests Obama is a novice shooter.

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