- The Washington Times - Friday, April 26, 2019

The National Rifle Association’s 148th annual convention, now underway in Indianapolis, will draw a mammoth crowd this year, as it does every year.

Organizers say at least 80,000 guests are expected — 87,000 showed up at the convention in Dallas last year.

During the three-day event, attendees roam a 15-acre exhibit space filled with the wares of 800 vendors, which include well-known manufacturers as well as specialized craftsmen and celebrity endorsers. Local officials expect the NRA folks to spend $35.3 million on local hotels and restaurants during their stay — considered an “economic win” by Visit Indy, an interest group.

Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence addressed the huge gathering Friday.

“Donald Trump is the most enthusiastic supporter of the Second Amendment to occupy the Oval Office in our lifetimes,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the organization’s Institute for Legislative Action. “It is truly an honor to have President Trump address NRA members for the fifth consecutive year.”

The big doings this weekend also include two women’s forums, a firearms law seminar, a barbecue and auction, two grand country music concerts and a prayer breakfast. Peek in on it all at Nraam.org.

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