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Nixon handgun ban: Richard Wished Total Ban

In this June 29, 1972, file photo President Richard Nixon speaks at a White House news conference in Washington during which he said he’d sign legislation banning Saturday night specials. Nixon called the news conference about six weeks after the shooting of George Wallace. Later that year the Senate did pass such a bill, but the House never acted on the legislation. Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Nixon. WASHINGTON (AP) — Few presidents in modern times have been as interested in gun control as Richard Nixon, of all people. He proposed ridding the market of Saturday night specials, contemplated banning handguns altogether and refused to pander to gun owners by feigning interest in their weapons. Several previously unreported Oval Office recordings and White House memos from the Nixon years show a conservative president who at times appeared willing to take on the National Rifle Association, a powerful gun lobby then as now, even as his aid

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