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12/20/2012 03:49 pm ET Updated Dec 20, 2012

Obama And Gun Control: A Timeline On The President's Mixed Record Of Advocacy And Inaction

It may have taken him four years in the White House, but President Barack Obama is signaling that he is at last ready to do something to prevent more of the kinds of mass shootings that have taken place on his watch.

Obama was a vocal advocate of gun control in his early days as an Illinois politician, and during his term in the U.S. Senate, he routinely backed gun control bills. It wasn't until he became president that he went quiet on the matter; in fact, the only two gun measures he's signed into law actually expanded gun rights.

Below, a look at the pivotal moments in Obama's on-again, off-again relationship with gun control reforms.

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