After the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre dug in his heels against gun reform, famously saying that “the one technique to stop a foul guy with a gun is a superb guy with a gun.”
The NRA Convention offers an ideal testing ground for that theory, but attendees aren’t allowed to bring guns onto the convention floor. Some can’t even take them into their hotel rooms.
Photos of NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (left) and former president of the NRA Oliver North (right) are on display in the course of the third day of the National Rifle Association convention in 2019.
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Several news outlets have called attention to the glaring irony of America’s largest gun rights group blocking legal firearm owners from exercising their second amendment rights, in light of Tuesday’s elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. An 18-year-old gunman killed 19 children and two teachers, resurfacing the controversial gun debate that sparks up after America’s increasingly common mass shootings.
The NRA posted an announcement on its website explaining that Secret Service barred carrying firearms into the convention because several distinguished Republicans ― including former President Donald Trump ― will speak there. Attendees will even have to go away their selfie sticks, toy guns, umbrellas and drones at home.
But attendees wouldn’t give you the chance to bring their guns even when no politicians spoke on the event since the George R. Brown Convention Center itself doesn’t allow weapons of any kind on site ― a blanket restriction that features pepper spray and mace.
Several of the hotels really helpful by the NRA have similar restrictions. Some allow guns within the room but not within the lobby or on the bar. Others required them to be secured and out of sight of the cleansing service. One only allowed guns inside if locked within the hotel secure. A minimum of two of the hotels didn’t allow anyone but law enforcement to hold firearms on their premises in any respect.
The NRA didn’t reply to a request for comment in regards to the convention’s restriction of non-public carry.
Texas is one in every of the best states to purchase and carry a gun. The Uvalde shooter bought two AR-15s legally, shortly after turning 18 years old.
Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed a bill last 12 months allowing people to hold concealed handguns without passing a background check and proficiency test that’s required for a license.
Private Texas businesses can select whether to permit customers to bring guns into their establishments. Most businesses that restrict guns post signs out front to make customers aware of their policy.