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NRA Holds Convention After Gun Bill Defeated

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Fresh off a huge victory over President Barack Obama on gun control, the National Rifle Association is gathering in Houston for its annual convention.
   Organizers for the powerful gun rights lobby anticipate a rollicking, Texas-sized party to celebrate the victory and recharge the troops for more political struggles with gun control advocates around the country.
   More than 70,000 people are expected to attend the three-day "Stand and Fight"-themed event. Friday's schedule includes a political forum with speeches from several state and national conservative leaders.
   Gun control advocates also will have a presence in Houston. They plan a vigil for victims of gun violence and a Saturday demonstration outside the convention hall.
   Despite their recent defeat in Washington, gun control advocates have passed new gun restrictions in several states.

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