Updated: Now the NRA Bans Prohibits Guns

If you’re coming to Charlotte for the NRA Convention, don’t come carrying. The venue doesn’t permit licensed carry and is going to put patrons through metal detectors. I wouldn’t attend now if I was offered free tickets and dinner with Sarah Palin. You are, of course, free to give the NRA and Charlotte, N.C. a lot of money for the privilege of being disarmed.

When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred…
–Niccolo Machiavelli

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11 thoughts on “Updated: Now the NRA Bans Prohibits Guns

  1. I just sent the NRA this message.

    “This makes me sick.

    “http://randomactsofpatriotism.blogspot.com/2010/04/now-nra-bans-guns.html

    “Stand up for concealed carry rights and don't hold NRA events where those rights are denied.

    “Please contact me regarding canceling my Life Membership in the NRA. I did not join so that the NRA can help restrict gun rights.”

  2. Here is part of the NRAs response.

    “The Charlotte Convention Center does not allow the carrying of firearms, both open and concealed.
    The large size of our event and the fact that many of the largest convention centers are in some of the most restrictive cities leaves us with relatively few convention centers large enough to accommodate the Annual Meetings. In an effort to provide all NRA members a better opportunity to attend the Annual Meetings, it is important that we move the event around the country as much as possible. While we will not consider bringing the Annual Meetings to a city with gun laws we feel are restrictive, we must however deal with convention centers that have restrictions simply because there are so few convention centers that both allow conceal carry and are large enough to host all of the events that comprise the Annual Meetings.”

    If their convictions meant anything to them they would have several smaller meetings in gun friendly locations across the country.

  3. As much money as they're paying to rent the place, you'd think the convention center might be willing to concede one point in exchange for the millions of dollars they're getting for the otherwise-empty conference center.

    Every time someone convinces me to join the NRA, I see something like this, or the NRA fighting against gun rights in Arizona or Iowa or Georgia. No more forgetting and donating a few bucks here and there.

  4. Couldn't help but notice that your picture was not cited. Could that be because you don't want to admit that the picture came from the NRA's own website, and that THEY are trying to bring this policy to our attention?

    The NRA also advertises this policy in their print ads. It's almost like they're trying to bring it to your attention so you can do something about it, raise the ruckus on their behalf, perhaps.

    Instead, you say “Now the NRA Bans Guns.” Well, okay. You're a liar, there's proof that you're a liar right there in the picture where they attribute the decision very directly, and now none of us ever has to wonder whether you're a liar. You're a liar.

    I'm re-upping for another year, just to make up for you and the lies you make up.

  5. I listened to some discussion at some point a few weeks ago between 2 folks, 1 a rep from the NRA (sorry I don't recall names)

    part of the reason (summarized, again from memory)this loc was chosen was to raise awareness in the surrounding area. I don't agree with it. I think its a betrayal of the membership to give revenue to anyone that is in opposition of what we supposedly stand for. Searching members is definitely across the line and raises a trust issue.

    I understand the concept of win today and fight again later. But I have difficulty with the NRA's position in more than a few of the recent 'battlegrounds'. There seems to be a lot more compromise coming out of the NRA than I can find in the 2nd Amendment.

  6. .357 Magnum: The NRA decided that the convenience of a large venue in SC was more important than our right to keep and bear arms at the convention.

    The proper response should have been to make lawful carry a part of the contract, and to reject bids that could not do that.

    The NRA staff who made this bad decision need to be punished for this Zumbo moment.

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