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144th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits Open Today

The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits open today at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee and will run through April 12. 2015_NRA_Header copyThe NRA-ILA Leadership Forum is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m today. This year’s speakers include former Governor Jeb Bush of Florida, Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, Dr. Ben Carson, S.E. Cupp, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, former Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana, former Governor Rick Perry of Texas, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump, and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin. This is a ticketed event.

The NRA Country Jam V festival begins at 6 p.m. today. It features Hank Williams, Jr., Colt Ford and Sunny Sweeney. This event is free.

The NRA Country Sound Stage — a part of NRA Freedom Festival, presented by Beretta — located at 5th and Demonbreun Streets featured its first free outdoor concert last night and will continue through Sunday. More than 30 acts will appear, including Josh Thompson, Cheryl LuQuire, and Bucky Covington. “Redneck Crazy” singer Tyler Farr will take the stage on Sunday at 1 p.m. to close the outdoor-concert series.  Fans can meet Tyler and pre-order his new album Suffer In Peace following his performance.

More than 70,000 attendees are expected at this year’s Annual Meetings and Exhibits. Leading firearm manufacturers will display the industry’s latest and greatest products, and they will be joined by guides and outfitters, various hunting and shooting accessories, and extensive private firearm collections displayed by NRA-affiliated gun collector clubs.UNI_2015_AM_Logo_2c_K_WarmRed Also opening today are the Pyramyd Air Air Gun Range and a variety of seminars, including methods of concealed carry, hunting how-to’s, firearms law, historical firearms, and Refuse To Be a Victim.

Exhibit Hall Hours: Friday, April 10: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 11: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 12: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Exhibit Hall is FREE to NRA Members and their immediate family. If you are not an NRA member, you will be required to join before the show or when you arrive. Registration Hours: Thursday, April 9: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Friday, April 10: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 11: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 12: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Click here to see the full list of NRA Country Sound Stage performers and schedules.

Click here for more information, including special-events tickets.

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  1. Hello
    As a Texas NRA member for about 5 years I was tuning through the channels and happened to catch MSNBC Rachel Maddow show telling everyone that the NRA Convention was allowing any and all weapons [loaded] can be carried into to the show/events with Presidential hopefuls speaking at the event.
    She quoted NRA spokespeople saying they would check “registrations” upon entering. She then quoted another [said unknown] NRA spokesman when asked if they would check registrations said, “Probably not”. Now, I do know that the mainstream media gets almost everything wrong or misquoted but what have you heard it?

    My take on it is that Ms Maddow probably left something “key” out of the broadcast. Her concern was that potential Presidential hopefuls would be in danger from any hostile person during the speakers time — and none would be having any “government” protection – ie, Secret Service, etc.. or the like.

    I was just curious as I have never been to an NRA annual meeting/show? Any comments or insight would be appreciated.
    My intuition tells me likely she did not have all her facts correct.

    Thank you

    1. You, sir, are correct in that the media did not have their facts correct, as per the usual. I was privileged to be able to attend the NRA expo yesterday, it was the 3rd one that I’ve had the opportunity to be at. At each one that I’ve attended registration of members is checked, not carry permits or anything else. I have seen presidential hopefuls and governors along with other celebrities, each with their own personal security detail.

      The NRA also made it clear in their publications that free exercise of the people’s 2nd amendment right to bear arms is encouraged so long as the person’s engaging in that activity have the right to do so. In other words, so long as the individuals are not in violation of law, everyone is encouraged to carry openly or concealed. In tennessee the law states that those possessing a carry permit may carry concealed or open. Those were the regulations imposed at the expo. The NRA were not involved in any of the enforcement of the regulations of carrying or otherwise. That is and was the responsibility of the local law enforcement who were there as well. I, however, did not witness one incident at all where someone was stopped and asked for proof of their right to carry. As a matter of fact, the local law enforcement were very friendly and professional, even happy to see all the NRA members in their city.

  2. military
    Federal law requires everyone who enlists or re-enlists in the Armed Forces of the United States to take the enlistment oath

    I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

    president’s Swearing-In Ceremony

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
    —Presidential oath of office, Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution.

    Proceedings associated with the Presidential elections and Inaugurations, almost routine after two centuries, were entirely new and untried following the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Constitution provides that the President be elected through an electoral college, with membership equal to the number of Senators and Representatives from each state. It authorizes Congress to determine when elections are held, when the Electoral College meets, and when the new President takes the oath of office. The Constitution also requires that the President must be a native-born citizen of the United States, have lived in this country for at least fourteen years and have attained the age of thirty-five. It even specifies the oath of office that the new President should swear or affirm. Beyond that, the Constitution says nothing about the Inaugural ceremony.

    why would a person dig a hole in the ground just like the animales do to store food for the hard times.
    i think it may have to do with the way we were taught.
    in the early years of school we were taught about the holy wars.A religious war or holy war (Latin: bellum sacrum) is a war primarily caused or justified by differences in religion.
    Take one Muslim advocate for global jihad and put him in a room with one conservative Christian on a mission to evangelize the world’s Muslims. Which man will be left standing?
    we learn this in the early years of our lives and as time past it was pushed into your subconscious.Your subconscious mind is like a huge memory bank.
    you may not think about this but you may be following your subconscious.

    History lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and uncomplicated of points.Now Islamic prayers have been introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario, and, yes, in Ottawa too while the Lord’s Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?) The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in.
    In Australia, and indeed in many countries around the world, many of the most commonly consumed food items have the halal emblem on them.
    Just look at the back of some of the most popular chocolate bars, and at other food items in your local supermarket.
    Food on aircraft have the halal emblem, just to appease the privileged minority who are now rapidly expanding within the nation’s shores.
    In the U.K, the Muslim communities refuse to integrate and there are now dozens of “no-go” zones within major cities across the country that the police force dare not intrude upon.
    Sharia law prevails there, because the Muslim community in those areas refuse to acknowledge British law.
    now our Presidents of United States of America is saying bring people from other country’s to fill the trade job’s.so what about our young people to fell those trade job’s.
    people who did not go to college took up learning trade job’s because some trade job’s pay as much as college job’s.job’s
    i found this on the net.

    No Jobs from Trade Pacts
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership Could Be Much Worse than the Over-Hyped Korea Deal.

    President Obama and his predecessors have frequently claimed that free trade agreements (FTAs) and other trade deals will lead to growing exports and domestic job creation. The president is currently negotiating two massive new FTAs that are likely to result in increased outsourcing and growing job losses, especially in the manufacturing sector. This paper reviews recent data on trade with South Korea after the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) took effect, and on trade flows after other free trade agreements. It concludes:

    Claims that trade deals increase exports and create jobs are based on flawed trade models, and on distorted and one-sided interpretations of the findings of those models.
    The flaws in trade models are exemplified in the U.S. International Trade Commission’s estimate that KORUS would increase U.S. goods exports by roughly $10 billion to $11 billion after fully phased in. This estimate focused solely on the impact of tariff cuts on exports, leaving out the effect of changes in foreign direct investment, outsourcing, and all of the other outcomes from trade deals provisions that impact trade flows.

    The USITC also estimated that imports from Korea would increase by about $6 billion to $7 billion, and that the U.S. trade balance with South Korea would improve by about $4 billion to $5 billion. In the year after KORUS took effect, U.S. domestic exports to South Korea actually fell $3.5 billion. Projections for 2013 suggest no reversal of this trend.
    The tendency to distort trade model results was evident in the Obama administration’s insistence that increasing exports under KORUS would support 70,000 U.S. jobs. The administration neglected to consider jobs lost from the increasing imports and a growing bilateral trade deficit. In the year after KORUS took effect, the U.S. trade deficit with South Korea increased by $5.8 billion, costing more than 40,000 U.S. jobs. Most of the 40,000 jobs lost were good jobs in manufacturing.
    There was also a big gap between predictions and outcomes for the North American Free Trade Agreement enacted in 1994: NAFTA was supposed to create 200,000 new jobs through increased exports to Mexico but, by 2010, growing trade deficits with Mexico had eliminated 682,900 U.S. jobs, with job losses in every U.S. state and congressional district.
    Given the big gaps between promised and actual outcomes, the United States should stop negotiating trade deals and fix the ones we have.
    Meanwhile, officials should insist that the U.S. International Trade Commission develop trade and investment models that more accurately estimate the effects of FTAs on trade, foreign investment, employment, wages, and the distribution of income, and that they fairly consider the effects of FTAs on both exports and imports, and their impacts on the economy. It is time to shatter once and for all the illusion that FTAs are only about exports.

    a new friend told me that he believes this country may in up in a holy war here in the united states of american.maybe he was watching bill o’reilly.
    Bill O’Reilly Demands Obama Fight A ‘Holy War’ Against ISIS and muslims.
    Bill, I believe in the prophesies of the Bible, that things are gonna get worse before the Lord returns. But that is no excuse for fatalism. And I believe that Christians ought to be on the forefront of fighting this evil. …And that is why I, tonight, I am calling on Christians everywhere, Catholics and Protestants together, to join with our Jewish friends and demand that this president do whatever is necessary – including boots on the ground – to eradicate this cancer of ISIS and radical Islam before it destroys us.

    feel free to add your comments.

  3. It would be helpful if you posted parking suggestions. Those of us driving several hundred miles could use some helpful hints.

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