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'Nation's Gun Show' adds shows, features Obama 'countdown' clock to 2016

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Paul Bedard,Washington Secrets,Gun Control,Barack Obama,President,National Rifle Association,2016 Elections

President Obama may have pivoted from gun control to the economy, but the nation's gun owners aren't letting off the gas in their defense of gun ownership. In fact, they are taking the fight to Obama's back yard.

Ads popping up on Washington area websites show that the popular "Nation's Gun Show," supported by the National Rifle Association, is planning four more gun shows in a Washington suburb, the first this weekend.

What's more, the show's website features a countdown clock to the next presidential election, a not so subtle indication that gun advocates and supporters of the Second Amendment are eager for Obama to leave the White House.

The show, which takes place Friday through Sunday at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., has always been popular, but thousands more attended after the president unveiled his new gun control measures following the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn.

The show claims it features "over 1,000 tables, one and one half miles guns, knives and accessories," is returning to Chantilly in September, November and December, just two days after Christmas.

After losing that battle in Congress, the president promised to revive the fight, but so far only Vice President Joe Biden has made the case for new gun laws as the president has shifted his attention to a campaign-style push on the economy in advance of the fall debate over budget cuts and an increase in the federal debt ceiling.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.