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By Emily Miller
Obama is losing the debate on gun ownership, concealed-carry permits
Topic - Debbie Dooley
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"We don't hesitate to reach out to Democrats or liberal groups when we agree on an issue, even if it's for different reasons," said Ms. Dooley, who is based in Georgia.
But Ms. Dooley said: "We are going to keep on with our agenda. If elected officials tell us no, we will go around them. We are going to keep coming back and keep coming back."