published Friday, April 25th, 2014

Possible GOP presidential candidates court NRA

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    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during the leadership forum at the National Rifle Association's annual convention Friday, April 25, 2014, in Indianapolis.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Several potential Republican presidential candidates have courted gun-rights supporters during the National Rifle Association's annual convention.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spoke at the NRA's leadership forum Friday in Indianapolis.

Rubio told the crowd being able to provide a safe home for one's family is fundamental to achieving the American dream.

Pence says Indiana was one of the first states to allow the concealed carry of guns in state parks.

Jindal says if Democrats had their way they'd "cut and paste the constitution and get rid of the Second Amendment entirely."

Santorum says it's not just the Second Amendment under attack by liberals. He says religious freedom and First Amendment rights also are threatened.

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