Packing heat in Starbucks: the slow erosion of gun restrictions in the U.S.

Mar 8, 2010

When Barack Obama was elected President conservative gun rights activists went into a frenzy: reports of huge spikes in sales of guns and ammunition came in across the country, on the fear that the new liberal president would move quickly to impose new gun restrictions. Ironically the opposite has happened in the first year under President Obama: several states have begun to scale back gun restrictions (allowing guns in bars, guns in national parks and allowing people to carry concealed weapons without a special permit) and the federal government is so far looking the other way. In fact, President Obama himself stated last year that he will not be seeking to reinstate the assault weapons ban, which expired back in 2004. Could Barack Obama go down in history as a protector of gun rights?

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