In Dallas, NRA supporters and critics converge as national gun debate boils

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Gun stocks posted solid gains Friday as President Donald Trump spoke at the National Rifle Association's annual convention.

COUNTER PROTEST: Organized by North Texas Patriots for Liberty and various other groups across North Texas, at noon they are inviting "anyone who believes that the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed and is willing to stand up for that belief". But as he and his wife strolled around the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center with their children in tow Friday, the couple stopped and looked at gun safes on display among 650,000 square feet of exhibit space at the National Rifle Association's annual meetings.

It was one of several traditional pro-gun arguments brought up by Trump in his attempt to woo the NRA - the group spent $30 million on his presidential campaign, but expressed concerns about some of his utterances about gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.

President Donald Trump listened intently to Julia Cordover and other students and victim relatives on February 21 in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, but a White House spokesperson said this week it was necessary for the administration to show strong support for the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms.

"The only thing they promote is safety in gun handling, responsible gun ownership", Duerr said.

Trump said that in conversations with his "political people", they had advised that going to this year's convention would be controversial and "may not be popular". "But you have to give them a chance".

Trump invoked his usual red-meat rhetoric on immigration, complaining that the United States has the "worst laws" and vowing to protect the nation's borders. he called on Congress to change immigration laws that determine who can legally enter the country.

Then, after a wordless appearance onstage by the president's son, Donald Trump Jr., it was the president's turn.

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DPD is "a police force that has lost too many heroes, but hasn't lost its will to protect and serve you" Trump said.

In a almost hour-long speech, Trump gave red meat to attendees on guns and a slate of unrelated conservative policy issues ranging from immigration to his dissatisfaction with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

"Paris, France, has the toughest gun laws in the world", said Trump, going on to explain how a small group of terrorists armed with AK-47s "brutally killed" more than 130 people in the French capital in 2015.

"We've got to get Republicans elected".

Trump previously told lawmakers they should consider raising the federal minimum purchase age for rifles to 21 from 18, a development that weighed on shares of gun makers at the time. He later backtracked after a private meeting with NRA officials.

A longtime supporter of the NRA, Trump said during the flight Friday that it was a "truly great organization".

"We have open wounds right now that are still needing salve and that are trying to heal", he said. We do need to vote more Republican.

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