Palin says Obama would ban guns if he could

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Sarah Palin says President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies would ban guns and ammunition if they could get away with it.

The former Alaska governor said during a speech Friday before the National Rifle Association that political backlash is the only thing stopping Obama from gutting the Second Amendment. Palin says the public needs to stop Democrats in their tracks, starting with the November elections.

The 2008 Republican candidate for vice president praised the tea party movement as a grassroots effort "to get government back on our side." She left the event to travel to South Carolina for a campaign rally with a Republican candidate for governor who is popular with tea party activists.

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