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History of gun control in America

Published On: Dec 17 2012 11:34:07 AM PST   Updated On: Jan 30 2013 07:18:47 AM PST

Back in the spotlight in today's Senate hearing, gun control is a contentious issue that dates back to America's Founding Fathers.

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Also, a petition asking the White House  to immediately press Congress for tighter restrictions on gun ownership has garnered more signatures than any other ever posted to the White House's website. As of Monday afternoon, more than 150,700 people had signed it.

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