US President Barack Obama has strongly criticised the most powerful US gun lobby during a televised public forum.
He said the National Rifle Association (NRA) had deliberately misrepresented proposed legislation on gun control.
The NRA declined to take part in the discussion, which it called a public relations spectacle.
Meanwhile, US Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said he would eliminate gun-free zones in schools on his first day in office, if elected.
Addressing the audience at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Mr Obama blamed the NRA and others for suggesting that “somebody’s going to come grab your guns”.
He said that all he was seeking to do was strengthen background checks – not seize all firearms.
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