The NRA's Annual Meeting, one of the biggest gun-centered events happening each year, is quite literally just around the corner.
The NRAAM boasts about 15 acres of goodies, some of it for sale, other things not so much. What can you expect from us while there?
For one, this is the second time each year where many companies release products to the market because of all the word of mouth going on. So, you can expect that we'll be covering those relevant releases for you to see.
This coverage will come in the form of articles, podcasts, social media, etc. So one thing that you really need to do is subscribe to the proper channels so you don't miss any news. The most important channel for you to subscribe to is our newsletter.
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I also want to take a moment to point out that you SHOULD be wearing any Concealed Carry apparel that you may have. If you're a member of Guardian Nation, rock your gear. If you've otherwise bought any of our hats or shirts, wear them.
Why? Because we'll stop you and say hi. We love meeting our audience and it should go without saying that if you recognize any of us and aren't wearing your stuff you should introduce yourself if you've got an opening.
Just don't interrupt a podcast episode 😉
Now for some etiquette, and I can't believe I have to say this stuff, but I do because I saw something that blew my mind last year.
If you're in the market for a new holster for your gun, don't remove your loaded gun from your body to try out a new one.
I don't care how experienced you are with that gun, it's a recipe for disaster just waiting for some ingredient mixing. Don't do it. Why? Because you could shoot someone.
A couple years back at the Great American Outdoor Show, also put on by the NRA, there was an ND from someone trying out a holster. Just. Don't. Do. It.
Other than that, almost anything goes. Just leave your guns holstered. Some of the companies sell goods, like holsters, etc. Guns and ammo are NOT sold at this show, so don't even try.
What you can do, however, is go into each booth and put your hands on each firearm to your heart's content. This allows you to feel them in hand, ask questions from the people who make them, etc.
Here are some bits I pulled off their FAQ page that I feel are the most pertinent ones:
Can I purchase firearms and ammunition at the Show?
Ammunition and firearm sales are not permitted at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits.
Is concealed carry allowed at the Show?
During the 148th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, the carry of personal firearms will be permitted in the Indiana Convention Center and Lucas Oil Stadium, with the proper license in accordance with Indiana law. When carrying your firearm, always adhere to all Federal, state and local laws.
What is the firearm policy during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on Friday, May 4?
Due to the attendance of the President of the United States, the U.S. Secret Service will be responsible for event security at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, which is held at Lucas Oil Stadium. As a result, firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the Forum prior to and during his attendance. Click here for additional information.
Are backpacks allowed at the Annual Meeting?
Backpacks are allowed on site at the show but have to be kept on your person at all times. Any backpacks left unattended will be reported to security.
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