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Sen. Ted Cruz at Home in Houston for NRA Convention

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The National Rifle Association is having its national convention this weekend in Houston.

The gathering of an expected 70,000 people comes a little more than two weeks after a measure that would expand background checks failed to pass the U.S. Senate, which the NRA considers a victory.

Speaking at the convention Friday afternoon, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, supported the idea often espoused by the NRA that rather than passing new gun laws, the U.S. should enforce the laws already on the books.

“If you are a violent criminal, we should come down on you like a ton of bricks," Sen. Cruz said. "And at the same time we should safeguard the Constitutional Rights of law-abiding citizens.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke earlier in the day, calling Texas a safe-haven for freedom.

Saturday’s Stand and Fight Rally features former FOX News Channel host, Glenn Beck.

Rocker Ted Nugent speaks at the convention on Sunday.

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