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White House says President Obama 'shot a weapon' in earlier times

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It was a busy afternoon for White House press secretary Jay Carney, who answered persistent questions about the recently released photo of President Obama firing a shotgun that garnered much curiosity from press and public alike.

And thus, there is this exchange during the Monday press briefing:

Question: “Has he ever shot a weapon before being President?”

Mr. Carney: “I’m not sure of the answer to that question. I know that he has shot weapons not just at Camp David.”

Q: “Does he personally own any firearms?”

Mr. Carney: “Not that I’m aware of, no.”

Q: “What does that mean? You know he has shot weapons elsewhere?”

Mr. Carney: “I’m just saying this is not, I don’t know in terms of the timing, but I know that he has not.”

Q: “He has, so skeet shooting at Camp David is not his only experience?”

Mr. Carney: “It’s not the only time he has shot a weapon.”

Q: “So when were the other times?”

Mr. Carney: “I don’t have any details on that for you.”

Q: “Could you find out?”

Mr. Carney: “Again, the issue here is whether or not the President, in fact, as should have been apparent when he said it, had gone shooting at Camp David. So we released the photo to demonstrate that. But I don’t have an accounting of all the times that he has shot a weapon for you.”

Q: “Do you know whether he has fired a handgun at a shooting range or something like that, for sport?”

Mr. Carney: “I don’t have any more for you it, guys.”

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