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NRA Chief: Citizens were at risk during search for bombing suspects


BOSTON ( – NRA Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre suggested if more citizens in Boston were armed it would have made a difference in the search for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, reports Reuters.

During a speech at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston, LaPierre asked, "How many Bostonian's wished they had a gun two weeks ago?"

LaPierre referenced the police search of Watertown saying the search put citizens at risk.

"Residents were imprisoned behind the locked doors of their own home, a terrorist with bombs and guns just outside," LaPierre said.

According to Reuters, the convention is the first gathering of members since last year's high-profile shooting sprees at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.