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NRA Conference Brings Record Crowds during Nat'l Debate

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

May 5, 2013

The National Rifle Association wrapped up its annual conference on Sunday in Houston.

This year's weekend conference was expected to have the biggest crowd with a theme of 'Stand and Fight.'

State and national leaders spoke at a political rally, and there was a gun-trade show with more than 600 exhibitors.

More than 70,000 people ended up attending the event, and one local gun shop owner says he is not surprised there was so much draw because of the nature of the national conversation about gun legislation.

"I hear this from a lot of folks, they do not trust the [Obama] administration to not try some other legal avenues in this debate," said Edgar Lindamood, owner of Acme Arms in Charlottesville. "In particular, executive orders to try to limit the firearms themselves or our access to ammunition, like putting a tax on ammunition."

Lindamood said in the past several months while the debate has been going on, he's seen some people who have been pretty moderate in terms of being vocal about their pro-gun thoughts have now leaned even more pro-gun rights.

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