The second day of the National Rifle Association’s 144th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits is packed with events at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The show runs through tomorrow. Set for today at 10 a.m. is the Annual Meeting of Members, which will take place in the Music City Center’s Grand Ballroom. We plan to get to the ballroom early to get a good seat.
Speakers include NRA President Jim Porter, Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, and other NRA Officers talking about protecting Second Amendment rights.
As a strong supporter of NRA, Cheaper Than Dirt! urges our customers who are NRA members to participate in the meeting, so they can vote on issues presented during the event. In particular, members will be voting for the 76th Director to the NRA Board during the meeting. Running from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, the NRA Freedom Festival presented by Beretta takes place on 5th Avenue in front of the main entrance to the Music City Center. There, you can see interactive displays, pavilions for exhibit space, vehicle displays, an outdoor café area, and the NRA Country Sound Stage.
Performers scheduled at the NRA Country Sound Stage today include Crawford County, Jacob Davis, Radio Romance, JJ Lawhorn, and others.
There’s also a full lineup of Saturday seminars inside the City Center, and two in particular caught our eye. “Current and Emerging Threats: How They Affect You” starts at 11:30 a.m. in Room 202. It’s presented by Steve Tarani, an ex-CIA personal protection expert who covers deteriorating conditions in Iraq, jihadist social media recruitment, cyber attacks, porous borders, and other violence and global threats.
Also, “Sheepdogs! The Bulletproof Mind for the Armed Citizen” covers a topic a lot of Chronicle readers are interested in. Set for today 2 p.m. in Room 205, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman covers mental and physical preparedness for the armed citizen. Grossman will speak about how “Armed American Citizens” can help the country respond to future challenges to the nation. Grossman will also discuss how to prevent PTSD and be physically and emotionally triumphant after an armed encounter.
For a full lineup of seminar topics, click here.