NRA Convention Coming To Indianapolis

Around 80,000 gun owners and enthusiasts are descending on Indianapolis this weekend as the National Rifle Association hosts its annual convention.

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Photo: National Rifle Association Logo

The convention’s presence is drawing attention from those on both sides of the gun rights debate.

The four day event is expected to generate millions of dollars.

The head of the Indiana chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America says she doesn’t have any problem with the many NRA members who will visit Indianapolis for the convention.

Nicki McNally says her issue is with NRA leadership, which  focuses on scaring its members into thinking people are trying to take away their guns.

“Having the convention here sends the message that we’re supporting an organization that keeps common sense gun laws from being passed in this country,” McNally says.

Republican State Senator Johnny Nugent is a member of the NRA Board of Directors. He says he feels sorry for people like McNally who have already made their minds up about the NRA.

“I wish that those that have the philosophy of being scared of guns would try to learn more,” Nugent says. “This convention is a wonderful way to learn.”

Political leaders including Governor Bobby Jindal, R-Louisiana, Governor Mike Pence, R-Indiana and Senator Dan Coats, R-Indiana are scheduled to speak at the convention.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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