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Obama pardons man on weapon conviction

(Washington Times) Despite President Obama’s push for greater gun control, he pardoned a Georgia man Friday who was convicted for possessing an unregistered firearm.

The leniency for Larry Wayne Thornton of Forsyth, Ga., who was sentenced to four years probation for violating the state’s gun law, was one of 17 pardons Mr. Obama granted late Friday.

The pardon comes as Mr. Obama is stressing the need to know who is purchasing weapons, though he has not called for a national registry, which the National Rifle Association vehemently opposes.