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Fresh off victory, NRA holds convention in Houston

1:19 PM, May 2, 2013   |    comments
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AUSTIN, Texas -- A huge political victory in hand, the National Rifle Association is gathering in Texas to celebrate and brace for more fights over gun control across the U.S.

The powerful gun rights lobby is holding its annual convention this weekend in Houston.

It's a three-day "Stand and Fight"-themed event that organizers predict will draw more than 70,000 people.

NRA members say they convention is a welcome chance to refresh and recruit new members as gun control advocates vow to keep up the political pressure in Washington and state capitols across the country.

Gun control advocates say they will have a presence outside the NRA convention.

Planned events include a vigil for victims of gun violence, a petition drive supporting background checks and a Saturday demonstration.

JIM VERTUNO

Associated Press

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