NRA: Annual meeting sets attendance record
The National Rifle Association’s annual meeting this year in Dallas set an attendance record, an NRA spokesperson tweeted on Monday.
Dana Loesch said that 87,154 people attended the convention over the three-day weekend.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) May 7, 2018
President Trump and Vice President Pence both attended the NRA convention last week.
Because Secret Service policy prohibits firearms at events Trump or Pence attend, guns were banned at certain events, sparking criticism.
Trump also triggered controversy with his speech, during which he railed against immigrants, Democrats and France and Britain’s gun laws.
“They took their time and gunned them down one by one — boom, come over here, boom, come over here, boom,” Trump said, referring to victims fatally shot in Paris while pointing his hand as if it were a gun.
The French foreign ministry later expressed its “firm disapproval of President Trump’s remarks,” adding in a statement the nation “calls for the respect of the memory of the victims.”
Protesters also gathered outside the convention, calling for stronger gun control.
The gun rights group’s annual convention will be held in Indianapolis next year.