NRA to return to public debate, meet with media

6:01 AM, Dec 21, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The National Rifle Association is returning to the spotlight one week after a mass shooting that killed 26 people - 20 of them children - at a Connecticut elementary school.

The nation's largest gun-rights lobby plans to address reporters and critics on Friday in its first public event since last week's shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The 4.3 million-member group says it will offer "meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again." But officials have not yet addressed how - if at all - they would work with members of Congress who are expected to consider tighter restrictions on firearms in the new year.

The NRA has largely kept out of sight since last week's shooting, taking down its Facebook page and silencing itself on Twitter.

The Associated Press

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