Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

NRA Banning Guns? Get Real

Sunday, April 12, 2015

NRA Banning Guns? Get Real

Anti-gun activists and their media collaborators are so desperate to rain on NRA’s 70,000-strong parade in Nashville, they’ve resorted to inaccurate and misleading claims about NRA banning operational firearms at the NRA Annual Meetings.

In an April 6 Facebook post, Michael Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action (MDA) group huffed, “NRA leaders are ok with loaded guns on playgrounds and in bars and schools, but not at their own convention?” 

Predictably, MSNBC and the New York Times took up the refrain before undertaking even the most basic attempts to learn the facts. On April 8 MSNBC proclaimed, “Attendees can expect to find the usual NRA fare and exhibitors at the 350,000-square-foot Music City Center, but they shouldn’t expect to find functioning weapons.” An April 10 New York Times editorial stated, “After all the N.R.A. propaganda about how ‘good guys with guns’ are needed to be on guard across American life, from elementary schools to workplaces, the weekend’s gathering of disarmed conventioneers seems the ultimate in hypocrisy.”

These reports were completely false.

NRA has absolutely no policy or prohibition that would keep our members from carrying their own operable firearms to any of our events.

Of course, we do observe applicable laws, and we require members who attend our events to do the same. 

Under Tennessee law, property owners can decide for themselves whether or not to allow otherwise lawful carry on their premises. While NRA strives to ensure gun-friendly venues for its gatherings, we have only so many choices for holding events of the size and magnitude as those that occur at our Annual Meeting. 

The Music City Center, the main venue for the exhibits and meetings, does not ban the otherwise lawful carrying of firearms, and attendees to our events there may carry loaded, operable firearms in accordance with the law. In other words, nobody is “disarmed.” 

The venue for Saturday's concert, Bridgestone Arena, does prohibit the carrying of firearms. 

The only firearms that are required to be inoperable are those exhibitors have on display at the Music City Center. Exhibitors do not stock firearms for sale or use at the NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits. In this respect, it's more akin to an auto show than a traditional gun show. The point isn't to shoot or buy the guns onsite but to see and handle the merchants' wares in anticipation of later purchase. No one goes to the auto show, boat show, RV show, etc. expecting to pilot the merchandise around the convention floor. 

MSNBC and the Times have no excuse for their shoddy reporting. Indeed, even some normally anti-gun media outlets managed to get the story straight. After the MSNBC story was published, and before the Times ran its own piece, National Public Radio published an accurate account of the rules pertaining to firearms at the NRA Annual Meeting.

Since their original publication, the MNBSC and Times stories have been “corrected” (although MSNBC refers to Tennessee’s “open-carry laws,” inaccurately suggesting that lawful concealed carry would not be an option). That seems to be what passes for modern journalistic ethics these days, a coordinated effort to publish lies and slander, with stories later “corrected” or “updated” when the damage is already done. Attendees to the upcoming Michael Bloomberg anti-gun media boot camp likely can expect to learn these and other handy tricks for “educating” the public on “gun violence.” As we’ve noted before, the bible of anti-gun messaging specifically instructs its readers: “don’t wait” for the facts when pushing a message.  

In any case, actual attendees at the Nashville Annual Meeting know the true story, and tens of thousands of them will be gathering this weekend to celebrate, and exercise, their Second Amendment freedoms.

TRENDING NOW
Former Bloomberg Lackey Comes Clean on True Anti-gun Agenda

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Former Bloomberg Lackey Comes Clean on True Anti-gun Agenda

Back when Mark Glaze was executive director of Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and later Everytown for Gun Safety, he went to great lengths to portray his master’s anti-gun positions as moderate. Glaze used ...

“She Persisted” – Gun Owner Fights Unlawful “No Return” Gun Policy

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

“She Persisted” – Gun Owner Fights Unlawful “No Return” Gun Policy

On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit confirmed that law enforcement officials in New York acted unlawfully with respect to guns confiscated from a Nassau County woman in 2012.  

“March” Madness: Media Hypes Non-Event at NRA Headquarters

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

“March” Madness: Media Hypes Non-Event at NRA Headquarters

Numbers don’t lie. But gun control groups and the news media do. That explains why so many accounts of last Friday’s so-called Women’s March From #NRA2DOJ bear no resemblance to the event those of us ...

The Need for National Reciprocity

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Need for National Reciprocity

A report from the Crime Prevention Research Center estimates that the number of concealed carry permits issued last year was the largest increase ever – continuing a four year trend of record setting increases in ...

Court Strikes Down Unconstitutional Ban on Concealed Carry

News  

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Court Strikes Down Unconstitutional Ban on Concealed Carry

D.C. Circuit Court Rules in Favor of Constitutional Right to Carry a Gun in Public for Self-Defense

Supreme Court Asked to Review Maryland's Gun Ban

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Supreme Court Asked to Review Maryland's Gun Ban

A group of Maryland citizens, with the support of the National Rifle Association, filed a petition to the United States Supreme Court on Friday seeking to reverse a Court of Appeals ruling that stripped some of America’s most ...

Home Alone in Washington State

News  

Friday, July 21, 2017

Home Alone in Washington State

Back in 2013, when Washington State’s anti-gun groups rolled out Initiative 594, they promised voters this “universal background check” law would save lives by keeping “firearms out of dangerous hands” because private gun sales would ...

Washington: Gun Bills Go into Effect

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Washington: Gun Bills Go into Effect

On Sunday, July 23, a number of bills that passed from the 2017 legislative session went into effect that impact your Second Amendment rights.

California: DOJ Introduces Proposed Regulations Adding “Privacy Notices” to Firearm-Related Forms

Monday, July 24, 2017

California: DOJ Introduces Proposed Regulations Adding “Privacy Notices” to Firearm-Related Forms

On Monday, July 24, the California Department of Justice introduced another set of proposed regulations, this time for the purpose of adding required “privacy notices” to certain firearm-related forms.

When Gun Control Fails

News  

Second Amendment  

Friday, July 21, 2017

When Gun Control Fails

Gun control is pushed as a strategy to keep Americans safe in their homes, schools and workplaces. It is presented as the key component in safer streets, neighborhoods and families. But what happens when gun ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -
NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.