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Perry, Cruz Speak at NRA Convention

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry says passing new gun control laws won't stop criminals and would only make law-abiding citizens easy targets by depriving them of weapons to defend themselves.

Perry spoke Friday at the National Rifle Association convention's political rally.

Perry said issues such as tighter background checks on guns sales would only hurt non-criminals who want to buy them. He also called it a threat to the constitutional right to own a gun.

Perry says there are "no easy fixes" to gun violence, but that limiting gun ownership is not the answer.

Perry, who is a concealed handgun license holder, also said he will continue courting gun and ammunition manufacturers to relocate to Texas, one of the most gun-friendly states in the country.

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HOUSTON -- Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says the federal government should put its efforts into prosecuting criminals who illegally buy guns and not into trying to pass new gun control laws.

Cruz told thousands of people at the National Rifle Association's convention Friday afternoon that President Barack Obama's administration has not done enough to prosecute felons and fugitives who illegally buy guns and has cut funding for such efforts.

Cruz also said the Obama administration had cut millions of dollars in funding for school safety.

The Republican Texas firebrand - who has become one of the top tea party voices in Washington since being elected last year - said the target of gun control legislation is not violent criminals but law-abiding citizens.


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