By Jonathon Chun
Clinton Country Chatter
The National Rifle Association had more than 4.5 million members as of February 2013, according to chief executive Wayne LaPierre. Earlier this month, the NRA held its annual convention in Nashville that saw nearly 80,000 people attend. The NRA is widely considered to be one of the more influential powers that be in the political sphere. “NRA support can be quite important in Republican primaries on in general elections in districts with substantial gun ownership,” said Dr. Matt Grossman, an associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. With numerous presidential candidates having spoken at the NRA convention, gun enthusiasts and the general public — including those in Clinton County — were given an early look at how each candidate might impact gun restrictions, or lack thereof.