President Barack Obama shoots clay targets on the range at Camp David, Md., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Barack Obama has released a picture of him skeet shooting in an attempt to silence gun lobby critics who doubted if he had ever fired a gun in the ongoing gun control debate in Washington.
The photograph of the president doing some recreational shooting at Camp David last August was published on Friday, after Mr Obama said in an interview that he enjoyed blowing off some steam at the range.
Skeptics took the president to task after he expressed admiration for the sport, calling for some photographic evidence of the president taking aim.
President Obama was asked whether he had ever fired a gun, in an interview with The New Republic published on January 27.
'Yes, in fact, up at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time.'