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13-year-old Jacob La looks down the sight of a mounted machine gun, during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston.
13-year-old Jacob La looks down the sight of a mounted machine gun, during the NRA Annual Meeting of Members at the National Rifle Association's 142 Annual Meetings and Exhibits in the George R. Brown Convention Center Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Houston.
(Todd Spoth/AP)

NRA’s recent misfires signal rare internal battle

Something rather unusual happened over the past week: the National Rifle Association, America’s foremost gun lobby, publicly criticized fellow firearm activists as “downright weird.” Then, several days later, it retracted the disapproving commentary and assured the groups that they had the NRA’s full support.