The NRA Convention: Guns and the People Who Love Them

By Bloomberg Photos - 2013-05-07T17:05:57Z

Photograph by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

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Fresh From a Victory

Weeks after the U.S. Senate defeated a proposed expansion of background checks on gun purchases, the annual conference of the National Rifle Association in Houston had a celebratory atmosphere, Bloomberg's Julie Bykowicz reported. More than 70,000 people attended the three-day annual meeting, which featured nearly 550 exhibitors, a trade show and a political rally. Association leaders told members the fight against gun control legislation is far from over, with battles yet to come in Congress and in next year's midterm elections. They vowed that NRA members will never have to surrender their weapons.

Here, Thompson machine guns are displayed at the convention.