Paul calls for end of gun-free zones
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Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSaudi mystery drives wedge between Trump, GOP Noisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks MORE (R-Ky.) on Friday called for an end to gun-free zones during a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA), saying it is not wise to “pre-announce that you’re defenseless."

“These terrible tragedies keep occurring in one place: Gun-free zones,” Paul told the crowd of gun rights supporters.


Paul attacked gun-control policies that attempt to “legislate away evil” and said law-abiding citizens should have a “fighting chance to defend themselves.”

“One way to avoid these senseless killings would be to announce once and for all time that no school, no movie theater, no supermarket in America will be left defenseless,” he said.

The Kentucky senator spoke shortly after the NRA endorsed Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE for president. The presumptive GOP presidential nominee also called for lawmakers to abolish gun-free zones.

Paul talked about one place that is certainly not a gun-free zone. 

"Like many conservatives across the South, I’m a defender of the Second Amendment,” he said. "If you don’t believe me, come to my house unannounced.”