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Posted: 2/24/2006 10:23:17 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/24/2006 10:33:16 AM EDT by Hipster]
I just heard this on the radio. The announcer said Phoenix will be the host city for the NRA's annual meeting in 2009.

I can't find any verification on the web. Is anybody able to confirm?


I hope he wasn't talking about the National Restaurant Association.


Here's the announcement:


Phoenix, Arizona Chosen to Host NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in 2009
Friday, February 24, 2006

(PHOENIX, AZ) - Today, the nation’s oldest civil rights group, the National Rifle Association (NRA), announced it would hold its 138th Annual Meetings and Exhibits at the Greater Phoenix Convention Center on May 15-17, 2009, in Phoenix, Arizona.

In a press conference held at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, NRA President and Arizona resident, Sandy Froman, told reporters, "Today, I am thrilled to announce that the NRA Site Selection Committee has chosen Phoenix to be the host city of the 2009 NRA Annual Meetings. We look forward to hosting 55,000 to 65,000 NRA members, hunters and gun owners in my beloved home state of Arizona." Joining Ms. Froman at the press conference were NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, Arizona State Senate President Ken Bennett, Arizona House Speaker James Weiers and other local dignitaries.

She continued, "I told my fellow committee members that while Phoenix is well-known for our warm weather, we are indeed a very cool city…and I’m glad they listened. I am confident that our new Phoenix Convention Center will have the latest technology and services, making the facility both efficient and user-friendly."

Wayne LaPierre added, "After nearly 15 years, we’re pleased to return to this great city to celebrate freedom and our 138th Annual Meetings and Exhibits, and we look forward to utilizing the excellent new convention center."

In his remarks, Mayor Phil Gordon said, "We’re pleased to welcome the National Rifle Association to Phoenix in 2009. When we undertook the $600 million expansion of the Phoenix Convention Center, it was with this type of opportunity in mind. The NRA conference is a valued and highly-sought piece of convention business and we are proud of the choice the Association has made for its 2009 meeting." He added, "With our venue expansion and our elevation into North America’s list of Top-20 convention centers, we are excited to host the NRA and its 55,000 - 65,000 members."

The $600 million Greater Phoenix Convention Center expansion project is due to be complete and open for business in January of 2009. Next May, Phase One of the expansion will debut 158,000 square feet of new meeting and exhibit space, including a 21,000-sq.-ft. conference center on the second level. In 2009, a total of more than 900,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space will be available at the center.

LaPierre concluded, "Our staff has worked with the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau and I would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and excitement to host NRA’s 2009 Annual Meetings & Exhibits. With this fantastic location, our meeting in Phoenix promises to be one of our best events yet."

Year Host City/State
2000 Charlotte, NC
2001 Kansas City, MO
2002 Reno, NV
2003 Orlando, FL
2004 Pittsburgh, PA
2005 Houston, TX
2006 Milwaukee, WI
2007 St. Louis, MO
2008 Louisville, KY
2009 Phoenix, AZ

** NRA held its 1995 Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Phoenix, AZ.

www.nraila.org/News/Read/Releases.aspx?ID=7251
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 10:40:54 AM EDT
Are they going to allow open carry at the function?


Link Posted: 2/24/2006 10:47:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By napalm:
Are they going to allow open carry at the function?





They allowed CCW in Houston, so I would hope so.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 10:56:56 AM EDT
Man, I'd love to see what the local reaction would be if they tried to have it here in Austin, TX.... since it's pretty liberal, what with the University of Texas, and oodles of Kalifornistanian transplants...
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 10:57:41 AM EDT
I can't imagine an NRA convention with a no firearms sign. I'd resign my membership right there.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:12:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By w4klr:
I can't imagine an NRA convention with a no firearms sign. I'd resign my membership right there.



CCW was NOT allowed at the Orlando Convention

Orange County (Orlando) does not allow CCW in the Convention Center (against state law). I bitched to everyone with an NRA badge I could find, maybe it helped for Houston, but I doubt it.
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:14:20 PM EDT
Forot about the state no nos...

If it is allowed inside of the function by law, and the NRA says no, THEN I'll resign my membership.

I retract my previous statement
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 12:22:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By w4klr:
Forot about the state no nos...

If it is allowed inside of the function by law, and the NRA says no, THEN I'll resign my membership.

I retract my previous statement



Hopefully we'll never see that. NRA is all for it, it's the locality that's the issue. This is why I was surprised they're holding it in Wisconsin this year.

I tried to run for Board (but was not allowed thru the nominating committee) and one of my first motions would be that the NRA cannot hold their annual meeting in a state that does not allow CCW or open carry.

Ban the guns, ban the convention (hear that, Columbus!?)
Link Posted: 2/24/2006 2:51:31 PM EDT
I do however think the NRA set a precedent of "Ban the guns, keep the NRA out!" but we will see in the future.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 5:40:27 AM EDT
I'll be there in 2009!
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 7:27:30 AM EDT

Originally Posted By mjrowley:
I'll be there in 2009!




No Tannerite allowed in the convention center. No 75mm either.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 10:17:33 AM EDT
Se habla espanol, NRA.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 10:21:57 AM EDT
Yes I also heard about this NRA meeting in Phoenix but it was relayed to me by Email. Sure wish they would come to Northern California, or for that matter California at all. I guess it can't hurt to dream. Hint, Hint.........Wink, wink.
Link Posted: 2/25/2006 10:26:39 AM EDT
As I see it, the NRA needs to put its foot where the water is not warm and make its presence known in not so friendly states. Just my .02 cents.
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