Gun control battle made NRA stronger, official says

| Saturday, May 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

HOUSTON —Efforts to pass gun control legislation have only made the National Rifle Association stronger, with the membership rolls surpassing a record 5 million, NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre said at the gun rights group's meeting on Saturday.

“The state of the NRA is stronger and larger than it has ever been,” LaPierre told the audience. “Our commitment to freedom is unwavering, and our growth is unprecedented. ... By the time we're finished, the NRA must and will be 10 million strong.”

About one-tenth of the members have joined in the past six months, the NRA said.

The NRA is “at the middle of the river of America's mainstream, and what we want is exactly what most Americans want,” LaPierre said.

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