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Who’s In The NRA? Check Out These Photos Of Members At A Convention In Texas
May 18, 2013
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60-year-old Kevin Johnson from Friendswood, Texas has been a member of the NRA for two days. He owns four guns and works in the air transport business
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The photos in this post are part of a series by Justin Sullivan taken at a National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Houston.

Under each photo are a few sentences saying where the person is from, what they do and how many guns they own.

Some photos reinforce many preconceived ideas about what a "typical" NRA member looks like.

But we found other photos kind of surprising, featuring people who don't necessarily look like the "stereotypical" NRA supporter.

Which, we imagine, is part of the point, although not everyone agreed with our take on the photos.

One person who commented on the Telegraph website wrote "To manipulate you... they found the fifteen biggest weirdos they could find at a convention with thousands of attendees."

We've decided to feature a few of the 15, none of whom probably considers themselves a weirdo.

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41-year-old Jason Ohn, a database developer from Houston has been a member of the NRA for two years. He owns more than 20 guns.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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40-year-old Roger White, a valve assembler from Houston has been a member of the NRA for one year. He owns 23 guns.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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22-year-old Eleanor Farrell from Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been a member of the NRA for three months. She owns four guns and is a stay at home mom.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Will Marshall from Kerriville, Texas has been a member of the NRA for four years and owns five guns.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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12-year-old Will Marshall from Okeechobee, Florida has been a member of the NRA for 11 years and owns four guns.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Via The Telegraph

On a side note, the NRA is threatening to sue the state of Maryland after the governor signed a new gun control bill into law.

Maryland joins Connecticut, New York and Colorado in passing tougher gun laws in response to last year's school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

As the LA Times reports, Maryland's new law bans 45 types of assault weapons, reduces the number of bullets allowed in magazines (a ten-round limit) and requires handgun owners to undergo safety training and submit fingerprints before they can get a license.

Maryland governor Martin O'Malley tells the Washington Post, "States with similar licensing provisions have substantially lower gun death rates than states that do not, so if we want better results we have to make better choices."

Member of the Maryland House of Delegates Neil Parrott, says the law is "clearly a violation of the U.S. constitution. It needs to be overturned in the courts."

The NRA has said it will challenge the Maryland law in court, and some residents are planning a petition to try to block the law.

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