WASHINGTON (AP) — No guns at a gun convention? That seems contradictory but at least for the forum where President Donald Trump will speak at the National Rifle Association, attendees aren’t allowed to bring in firearms.
Guns are allowed in most public places in Georgia, including the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta where the NRA is holding its annual meeting through the weekend. But as with most presidential appearances, firearms aren’t allowed.
The NRA was providing lockers for free so people could stow their firearms while inside the room where Trump was to speak Friday afternoon.
Also, each person entering the hall at the center had to go through metal detectors and have bags inspected.
President Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address a National Rifle Association convention in more than 30 years when he speaks Friday at the group’s annual meeting.
The president’s trip to Atlanta also serves as his first foray into a congressional race since taking office. Trump will attend a private fundraiser for Republican congressional candidate Karen Handel.
Trump has been a champion of gun rights and supportive of NRA efforts to loosen restrictions on gun ownership. During the campaign, he promised to do away with President Barack Obama’s efforts to strengthen background checks.
According to the NRA, the last president to address an NRA convention was Ronald Reagan, who spoke in 1983.
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