File photo of an exhibit booth for firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson on display at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago

Special Report: Why Obama and other gun control advocates own stock in firearms makers

File photo of an exhibit booth for firearms manufacturer Smith & Wesson on display at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in ChicagoBy Tim McLaughlin and Peter Eisler WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. Although Obama’s stake is minuscule, worth no more than $30, it reflects a much larger surge of investment. The president is among millions of Americans buying into gun companies – often unwittingly – as mutual funds have increased such holdings to record levels, according to a Reuters analysis of institutional investment in firearms companies.

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