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NRA chief says 2012 vote critical for gun rights

by The Associated Press | April 19, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.

The chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association says next year’s election is critical because the Supreme Court is one vote away from overturning laws that protect gun owners.

Wayne LaPierre told a packed house at the Clinton School of Public Service on Tuesday afternoon that he wants to prevent President Obama from appointing any more justices. He says that could swing the balance of the high court, which has generally protected gun rights in recent years.

LaPierre says that government can use existing gun laws to put dangerous felons in prison.

He says the NRA will continue to pursue state laws to expand gun owner rights.

He was received warmly by the audience of about 100 people, with most giving him a standing ovation after his talk.

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