NRA Annual Convention Kicks Off

Due to the attendance of the Vice President of the United States, the U.S. Secret Service will be responsible for event security at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum. Prior to and during Pence's speech, attendees are prohibited from bringing "firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind", according to the event page. Fla., shooting, immediately ripped into the NRA for becoming what he said was "a hilarious parody of itself". "Because it sounds like the NRA wants to protect people who help them sell guns, not kids". Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter, Jaime, was a victim in the Parkland massacre, tweeted.

Dallas police are expecting "numerous" protests during the four-day convention, and warn that additional road closures are possible. After all, they have all these good guys with guns to protect them. The rule was also in effect when President Donald Trump spoke at the annual meetings previous year.

"NRA banned nothing. The media does this every year", she wrote, adding that the Secret Service's rules "supersede all [state] and local control".

Alice Tripp, an NRA member and the legislative director of the membership-based Texas State Rifle Association, said she sees "not even a little bit" of a problem with attendees not being able to carry guns during that portion of the meeting.

The NRA says the ban was ordered by the U.S. Secret Service.

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It is standard operating procedure for the Secret Service to coordinate security wherever the vice president travels, Secret Service officials told NPR.

Stoneman Douglas student David Hogg responded Sunday by posting a link to a MoveOn.org petition calling for the vice president to cancel his speech entirely, which is set for Friday. It had more than 45,000 signatures by Monday afternoon.

The NRA, on its Twitter feed, said Trump would join Vice President Mike Pence at the group's annual "Leadership Forum" in Dallas, Texas.

But NRA members are also criticizing the restriction.

Several survivors of February's Florida high school shooting spoke out to slam the organization.

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