NRA gathering proves a big draw amid gun-control debate

In some ways, the national debate over gun control has…

In some ways, the national debate over gun control has been good for the National Rifle Association.

The nation’s largest and most powerful gun rights group holds its annual meeting in Houston this weekend, and it’s expected to be its biggest and most-watched gathering ever — perhaps 80,000 people, more than 400 exhibitors, 600 credentialed media and perhaps a future presidential candidate or two.

“I don’t think there’s anything this year that’s business as usual. We’re in a very unique point in time as far as the Second Amendment is concerned,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said. “It’s a demonstration of their passion, of the commitment and the resolve that the American people have toward their freedom.”

Last month, Senate Democrats suspended votes on major gun legislation after they failed to pass a key provision that would have extended criminal background checks for most firearm purchases.

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