(NBC NEWS) HOUSTON – A thousand miles couldn’t keep them away.

Bob Kittredge, 73, and his wife drove from Port St. Lucie, Fla., this week to attend the National Rifle Association’s annual convention. They are just two of the more than 70,000 people expected at the event, which opens Friday and runs through Sunday.

“We meet a lot of people who think the same way we do,” Kittredge said.

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