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Lock and Load: Gun Fans Admire Weapons at NRA Meeting

Firearm displays are a big draw at the National Rifle Association's Annual Meeting.

Ernest Belcher poses with an FN Mark 48 machine gun while his daughter Morgan poses with a MarK 19 grenade launcher at the NRA Annual Meeting on May 21, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The National Rifle Association endorsed Donald Trump at its national convention on Friday, a late show of support from the nation's biggest pro-gun-rights group for the presumptive GOP nominee.

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Christian Florea, 10, looks over an FN Mark 48 machine gun at the convention.

Billed as "Freedom's largest celebration" on the NRA's website, the convention boasts 500,000 sq. ft. of firearm displays. 

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Gun enthusiasts try out the Crimson Trace laser-sighting systems.

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Attendees look over pistols at the convention. 

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Gun enthusiasts look over Smith & Wesson pistols.

About 80,000 visitors are expected to attend the three-day event which runs through Sunday.

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A woman aims a Smith & Wesson pistol. Scott Olson / Getty Images
An attendee aims a Ruger rifle on display at a trade booth. Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters
Boy Scouts pose with weapons at the convention. Aaron P. Bernstein / Reuters

Marcus Pesquera listens to speakers at the National Rifle Association's NRA-ILA Leadership Forum as his daughter Emilia rests on his lap on May 20 in Louisville, Kentucky. Marcus Pesquera was chosen by the NRA as the officer of the year.

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