Obama No Longer Gun Shy: White House Releases New Photo

President Obama makes waves with photo of him opening fire with shotgun.
2:17 | 02/02/13

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president obama skeet shooting at camp david last august. It comes just days before he launches a trip for stricter gun laws. There's a long tradition, though, of presidents photographed with shot. President jimmy carter. There staring down the barrel of a shotgun at a shooting event. President bush. But tonight, president obama's photo is already causing controversy. And here's abc's reena ninan now. Reporter: Putting to rest skeptics' questions about whether the president fired a gun. This white house photo released today shows him firing at clay pigeons at a gun range at camp david last august. The photo was made public as president obama prepares to campaign for new gun control measures. A trip to minneapolis monday. A state that's worked to improve background checks. The last time we saw the president with anything close to a gun, camp david 2011, a birthday party for his daughter sasha. When he goes to camp david, he goes to spend time with his family and friends. Not to produce photographers. Reporter: But, now, the white house is using the photographer to counter critics who challenged the president to prove that he had fired rifles, something that became the butt of gun jokes. Does he shoot -- since when does the ability to fire a weapon become a badge of honor, a patriotic achievement? All you need is a finger. That's right. Actual footage. President obama skeet shooting at the white house. Look at this. Pull! Reporter: The president first mentioned his skeet shooting in an interview he gave to the "new republic" magazine about gun restrictions. Look, I understand where you're coming from, I'm not trying to take away your recreational rifles. Reporter: Today a sad reminder of the gun violence. A march for the 15-year-old, who performed at the president's inaugural festivities. Gunned down this week in a random shooting. Not clear how often the president goes skeet shooting. The white house hopes by releasing this photo they'll put to rest some of the criticism and turn the debate back on gun control.

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