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Gun lobby president speaks at Harvard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — National Rifle Association President David Keene says he doesn’t expect a filibuster from gun rights supporters as the Senate prepares to vote on potential gun control issues.

Keene spoke Wednesday night at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum in a one-hour event moderated by CNN chief national correspondent John King.

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King asked him if the NRA would support efforts to filibuster and block the votes. Keene responded, ‘‘The President wants votes on these issues. We want votes. There will be votes.’’

King also asked if the NRA would punish members of Congress who support universal background checks on gun purchases, which the NRA once supported but now opposes. Keene responded, ‘‘The answer is yes.’’

Keene has become a public voice for the gun rights group in debate following the December mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

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