The nationwide battle over gun control rages on, but from May 3-5, about 70,000 members of the National Rifle Association crowded around 550 vendors for its annual meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.
Within the exhibition hall, supporters of the nation’s largest gun rights group could get a feel for new-model rifles and handguns, have their antiques appraised and listen to speeches by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.
Despite the mass shootings since last year’s gathering, they expressed continued support for their right to bear arms—echoing the convention’s slogan: “Stand and Fight.”