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After a deadly school shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, Trump suggested he was open to new gun control measures. "Because it sounds like the NRA wants to protect people who help them sell guns, not kids", he added.

"Publication of her identity would expose her to unwanted public attention and censure for exercising her right to challenge a statute denying her a fundamental constitutional right", the NRA said.

That restriction would effectively render the event a "gun-free zone" - a location where a civilian who would otherwise be legally entitled to carry a firearm was prohibited from doing so.

The move was also criticized by Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was a student killed in the February 14 shooting.

Texas allows licensed open carry of handguns and open carry of long rifles.

"On so many levels, this is enlightening. But when they put on a convention, the weapons are a concern?" I thought giving everyone a gun was to enhance safety. "Am I missing something?" Pence had already been slated to speak at Friday's leadership forum. "Obviously even republicans and so called leaders don't trust the 'good guys.' I realize it's the VP, but still makes our whole argument look foolish".

"Wait wait wait wait wait wait you're telling me to make the VP safe there aren't any weapons around but when it comes to children they want guns everywhere?" tweeted Parkland student Matt Deitsch. "No excuses for this...it makes us look stupid". This appearance would mean Trump will have spoken to members of the NRA in each of the last four years, according to NPR. She referred questions about the Secret Service's policies to that agency.

"The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end", Trump told the crowd.

But the irony of a gun ban during a convention about firearms was not lost. The NRA spent $11.4 million to elect Trump and $19 million against Hillary Clinton.


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