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White House Releases Photo of President Obama Shooting Rifle at Camp David

The president is seen skeet shooting at the presidential retreat in Maryland.

White House Releases Photo of President Obama Shooting Rifle at Camp David

 

The White House Saturday  released an official photograph of President Obama skeet shooting at Camp David in Catoctin Mountain Park in Frederick County, MD.

The photo, taken last August, shows a jeans-clad Obama firing at clay targets on the grounds of the presidential retreat, the White House said.

It was released after skepticism surfaced about Obama's statement quoted in The New Republic that he participates in skeet shooting regularly.

"If he is a skeet shooter, why have we not heard of this? Why have we not seen photos?" Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)  said earlier this week. "I think he should invite me to Camp David, and I'll go skeet shooting with him. And I bet I'll beat him."

The flap came as the president mounted a push for congressional action on restricting purchases of high-capacity rifles and ammunition amid criticism by pro-gun activists who oppose such legislation.

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