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Posted: 3/19/2006 4:07:21 AM EDT

Milwaukee Hotels Sold Out for NRA Weekend

A full two months before the NRA Annual Meeting of Members in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin (May 19 – 22), and there is no room at the inn. The Milwaukee
Convention and Visitors Bureau blames the shortage of rooms on the fact
that besides the NRA convention, two area colleges are holding
graduation ceremonies in the city on that weekend.

Whatever the reason, NRA members who wish to attend the Milwaukee
meetings are going to be hard pressed to find a room for even one night,
much less the entire weekend. Attendees and exhibitors who do not have a
confirmed reservation at this time are likely to find themselves
commuting from lodgings an hour or more away from the convention site.

We have seen no notice from NRA informing members about the problem. One
would have thought NRA would have received a guarantee of a minimum
number of rooms available for the weekend back when they originally
booked the convention into Milwaukee three years ago. How do you bring
30 to 40-thousand people into a city that has no hotel rooms available?

If you are hoping to attend the convention, I would urge you to make
what reservations you can immediately and contact NRA to find out what
assistance they might be providing. To this point, their web site is
virtually no help at all.

If you live within 100 miles of Milwaukee this SNAFU could be an
opportunity for you to enjoy a less crowded convention.

If you are planning to go to Milwaukee, please plan to attend the Neal
Knox Associates “Secret Meeting” on Friday night. The “Secret Meeting”
is a long-standing tradition at NRA conventions and we hope to see you
there. We will be laying out our plans for actually getting some
business done during the pep-rally they call a “Members Meeting” on
Saturday. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet us and your
fellow members of the Second Amendment Hard Corps. Details about time
and location will be forthcoming.

Please forward this alert to everyone on your list who might have an
interest in attending the Milwaukee convention, especially anyone you
know in Northwestern Illinois or Wisconsin.

Yours for the Second Amendment,

Jeff Knox
Director of Operations
The Firearms Coalition

Link Posted: 3/20/2006 9:13:58 AM EDT
There are still rooms within 30 miles of Milwaukee. People must not be looking very hard.
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 11:43:43 AM EDT
I would wager 100 bucks I could find anyone a room within 15 minutes drive of the convention, not including traffic .
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