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A police officer's gun sits in its holster as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

A police officer's gun sits in its holster as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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U.S. President Barack Obama greets law enforcement officers after speaking about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama greets law enforcement officers after speaking about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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Police officers listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

Police officers listen as U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)
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U.S. President Barack Obama greets law enforcement officers after speaking about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama greets law enforcement officers after speaking about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama greets law enforcement officers after speaking about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama greets law enforcement officers after speaking about ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a round table discussion on ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a round table discussion on ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a round table discussion on ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama takes part in a round table discussion on ways to reduce gun violence during a visit to the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama runs toward supporters upon his arrival in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. Obama is in Minnesota to discuss ways to reduce gun violence in America. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama runs toward supporters upon his arrival in Minneapolis, Minnesota February 4, 2013. Obama is in Minnesota to discuss ways to reduce gun violence in America. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama walks across the South Lawn to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews as he departs Washington February 4, 2013. Obama is traveling to Minneapolis to talk about ways to curb gun violence. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

U.S. President Barack Obama boards Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews as he departs Washington February 4, 2013. Obama is traveling to Minneapolis to talk about ways to curb gun violence. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) salutes as he boards the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) salutes as he boards the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama waves to reporters as he walks across the South Lawn to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to reporters as he walks across the South Lawn to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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A Secret Service agent watches over the South Lawn as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) walks to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

A Secret Service agent watches over the South Lawn as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) walks to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama waves to reporters as he walks across the South Lawn to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama waves to reporters as he walks across the South Lawn to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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U.S. President Barack Obama walks to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)

U.S. President Barack Obama walks to board the Marine One helicopter for departure to Minnesota, where he will deliver remarks on reducing gun violence, from the White House in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)
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