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Gun control petition is most popular ever on White House site

The voices pressing President Obama to take action to curb gun violence are rising fast.

A petition on the White House Web site demanding that Obama and Congress produce bipartisan legislation to limit access to firearms has garnered more than 145,000 signatures in just four days. That has ranked it as the most popular in the 16 months the White House has solicited online petitions under its “We the People” program, topping the 120,000 people who have signed a petition asking for permission for Texas to secede from the union. 

The gun control petition states that the gun lobby has allowed “the ownership of guns to reach beyond the Constitution’s intended purpose of the right to bear arms.”

The Obama administration has promised to issue a formal response to any petition that reaches 25,000 signatures within one month of its posting. Though some of the most popular petitions have been less than serious, White House officials have said they are encouraged by the interest in the program, with more than 94,000 petitions and 5 million signatures since it started last year.

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David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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