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As President Obama prepares to head to Colorado on Wednesday to push gun  control legislation, some are calling into question the validity of a key  statistic he’s using to tout his message on near-universal background  checks.

During several speeches, Obama has said 40 percent of all gun purchases were  made without a background check.

But that number is nearly two decades old and comes from a poll with a  relatively tiny sample size. Gun rights groups like the National Rifle  Association, as well as The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker,” are calling out  the president’s stat, saying his numbers on background checks need a background  check of their own.

During a speech last week, Obama asked, “Why wouldn’t we want to make it more  difficult for a dangerous person to get his or her hand on a gun? Why wouldn’t  we want to close the loophole that allows as many as 40 percent of all gun  purchases to take place without a background check? Why wouldn’t we do  that?”

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