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Coburn Pulls Gun Amendment That Flirted With Obama Conspiracy Theory

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The measure appeared to flirt with a conspiracy theory popularized on fringe blogs that the Obama administration was buying ammunition so that ordinary Americans would have less access to it on the open market. The problem: even the National Rifle Association said the theory was based on fiction.

Coburn's office told TPM he didn't buy into the theory, and simply wanted the measure in order to enhance government transparency and combat waste.

Coburn's other gun amendment to the water resources bill, which would allow people to carry guns in water areas like lakes and camp sites, is still scheduled for a vote at a 60-vote threshold in the afternoon.