Rubio: 32 months until Obama returns to 'anti-gun utopia'

Gun rights supporters should take comfort that in just 32 months President Obama will return to "the anti-gun utopia that is Chicago," Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Friday. 

Rubio, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, told a National Rifle Association conference that a new GOP president would lead in 2016. 

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"Take comfort because in just 32 months we will have a new president," Rubio said. "And our current president should take comfort because in 32 months he can return home to live in the anti-gun utopia that is Chicago."

The National Rifle Association is expecting 70,000 people at its annual conference in Indianapolis, which included speeches from a number of potential presidential candidates on Friday.  

Rubio said the audience must push back on the negative stereotype of gun owners that Democrats and the media use. He referenced Obama's words on the 2008 campaign trail about people clinging to guns and religion. Blasting the media, he said there would be “no shortage” of distortions in coverage of the NRA conference. 

Even thought there are already restrictions on the Second Amendment, Rubio said detractors would push for more. 

"The slippery slope continues with an administration and a gun control lobby obsessed with getting even more," Rubio said. 

He added: "What they fail to realize is that the safety of our facilities is not something that people should be forced to hope government can provide." 

A gun owner himself, Rubio has previously described his concealed carry permit and .357 revolver, which he purchased ahead of his 2010 Senate victory.  

He described the hoops one of his staffers had to go through to register a gun in Washington, D.C., after it was already registered in Florida. 

"What criminal would ever subject themselves to this process?" he said.

The NRA has pushed for federal legislation that would allow concealed carry permits in one state to apply when traveling out of state. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) introduced legislation earlier this year. It has attracted 24 co-sponsors, including Rubio.

Rubio said gun owners "wept and mourned just like the rest of this country" after recent mass shootings around the country. But he said making it harder for people to defend themselves is not the answer. 

Republicans in the Senate successfully scuttled a deal on universal background checks last April, after the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. A separate proposal to ban semi-automatic assault weapons also failed to pass.

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