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Message of NRA meeting in Houston: The fight is not over
The Houston Chronicle
The nation's premier gun-rights organization, with nearly 5 million members, expects more than 70,000 to attend the convention. The centerpiece is the membership meeting, where NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre and chief lobbyist Chris Cox will convey a message warning against complacency and call upon members to prepare for fighting further legislative gun-control pushes.
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Young voters aren't sold on gun control
U.S. News and World Report
Young people have helped push the gay marriage issue to the forefront, with so many voters 30 and under supporting marriage equality that Republicans have been forced to accept — or at least re-examine — the matter. Sticking to an anti-gay rights agenda could cost the GOP votes down the road and many Republicans are wisely seeing that on a purely political basis, things need to change. The same trend, however, is not mirrored on the matter of gun control.
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Dems push gun control agenda in DC, but not in battleground states
The Hill
Democratic leaders are wooing staunchly pro-gun candidates to run in pivotal Senate races at the same time they are discussing a strategy for bringing gun control legislation back up for debate. The two-pronged effort has prompted Republicans to accuse the Senate Democratic leadership of hypocrisy, but Democrats say it is simply smart politics.
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Chuck Marshall Memorial Raffle
VSSA
Recently, VSSA member Charles "Chuck" Marshall, passed away. Part of his final wishes was that VSSA would choose a firearm from his collection and raffle that item, with the proceeds benefiting VSSA's War Chest. VSSA's Board of Directors reviewed the list of firearms available and chose the Springfield Armory M1A1 SOCOM 16 NATO 7.62. The firearm is "like new" in the box and comes with 7 magazines. While some of the magazines show a little more wear than others, the appraised value of the package is $2300.
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GOP aims to slow federal bullet buys
The Hill
Republicans want to limit the number of bullets federal agencies can purchase so American gun owners can buy more. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., and Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., have introduced a bill that would prohibit every government agency — except the military — from buying more ammunition each month, than the monthly average it purchased from 2001 to 2009.
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Poll: Obama gets negative ratings on immigration, guns
Politico
More people disapprove than approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling immigration and guns, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University. Fifty percent don't like the way he is handling immigration policy, compared with 40 percent who do, the poll found. That negative rating is due in large part to independents, 55 percent of whom disapprove of his handling of the issue. Only 34 percent approve.
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More people disapprove than approve of the way President Obama is handling immigration and guns, according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University.

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The problem was with the legislation
The New York Times
Senators vote on actual bills, not poll questions. On April 17, they never had a chance to vote on a pure bill about background checks.

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How the Boston bombing could influence the gun debate
NBC News
Investigators aren't saying where the Boston Marathon bombings suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev got the guns they allegedly used to attack law enforcement, killing an MIT campus officer and wounding a transit officer.

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NRA expanding into the gun, sportsman show business
The Washington Examiner
The National Rifle Association, arguably at the peak of its power in the wake of its success defeating President Barack Obama's gun control bid, is expanding into a new direction: operating the nation's biggest gun and sportsman show. Long a defender of gun rights, the NRA tells Secrets that it is moving into the outdoors show business to guarantee that gun makers and gun users won't be pushed into a corner or eliminated entirely from the annual Harrisburg, Pa. show for hunters, anglers and campers. "This is fantastic," NRA President David Keene told Secrets.
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Biden speaks and gun show sales continue to boom
The Examiner
In Puyallup Wash., ammunition dealers at the monthly Washington Arms Collectors' show could hardly have been busier and some were thanking Vice President Joe Biden for keeping their sales strong. As Brietbart reported, the vice president predicted the other day that Congress will pass some sort of gun control legislation "before the year is out." Remarks like that are all it takes for the "lead rush" to continue.
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NRA gathering proves a big draw amid gun-control debate
USA Today
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 year 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.
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