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Nugent helps NRA sign off on convention's final day

Jayme Frase, Houston Chronicle
Updated 1:29 am, Monday, May 6, 2013

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  • Hundreds of fans lined up to get an autograph from NRA board member and musician Ted Nugent at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sunday, the final day of the NRA convention. Photo: Johnny Hanson, Staff / © 2013  Houston Chronicle

    Hundreds of fans lined up to get an autograph from NRA board member and musician Ted Nugent at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Sunday, the final day of the NRA convention.

    Photo: Johnny Hanson, Staff

 

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The final day of the National Rifle Association's annual meeting opened Sunday with hundreds lined up to meet board member and rock star Ted Nugent. Dozens of children waited with parents outside the door of the air gun range on the convention's Youth Day.

Here are some other highlights from the three-day event:

1 Jim Porter, current vice president and founding member of The NRA Foundation Board of Trustees, was announced as the new NRA president, replacing David Keene, former chairman of the American Conservative Union and longtime political activist who served as a special assistant to former Vice President Spiro Agnew.

1 Celebrities and conservatives called for members to not become complacent and to continue fighting against further legislative gun-control pushes, often eliciting laughter with pointed jabs at President Barack Obama and others. Speakers and book signers included: NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre, NRA chief lobbyist Chris Cox, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and commentator Glenn Beck. Videos of all the speeches can be found at nra.org.

1 Thousands attended seminars on topics including training bird dogs, making sausage, smart investment and creating a home defense strategy.

1 Small groups of protesters gathered on sidewalks outside the convention center or across the street at Discovery Green, led Saturday by U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, who called for reconciliation and compromise.

1 Attendees and protesters expanded on their experiences and debates on Twitter, often using the hashtags #nra or #nraam.

The gun-rights organization expected more than 70,000 to attend the convention, and officials said they would release a final count Monday.