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    US President Barack Obama will make a televised appeal for tougher gun control laws Thursday night at a town hall meeting on CNN, the White House announced in a conference call.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier this week, Obama announced a series of executive measures to expand background checks for gun buyers and toughen enforcement of existing laws.

    “We will continue to work with Congress and engage the American people” on this issue, Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama said on Wednesday.

    The nation’s largest association of gun owners, the National Rifle Association, opposed the action, as did many members of Congress. Gun-rights advocates fear the Obama administration has a larger agenda to outlaw private ownership of firearms, which would violate the US Constitution.

    Groups invited to attend the town hall and question the president represent both sides of the debate. They include Gun Owners of America, American Firearms Retailers Association, Everytown for Gun Safety and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, CNN said on its Web site.

    The NRA declined an invitation to participate, according to CNN.


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