“Operational” Guns Were Banned at NRA Convention-Truth! & Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
Blog posts reporting that operational guns have been banned from the NRA’s national convention have gone viral in light of the group’s advocacy for gun rights.
This one is a combination of truth and fiction.
Guns have historically been restricted in some areas of National Rifle Association (NRA) conventions because of gun laws and anti-weapon policies in place at some venues.
The 2015 NRA convention planned for Nashville, Tennessee, in April 2015 was no different. The NRA said that “lawfully carried firearms” would be allowed at its annual meeting and expo held at the Music City Center, but not at the music concerts held at the Bridgestone Arena:
“During the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Music City Center with the proper license in accordance with Tennessee law. Bridgestone Arena prohibits the possession of firearms. When carrying your firearm, remember to follow all federal, state and local laws.”
The Bridgestone Arena, which is home to the NHL’s Nashville Predators, states on its website that weapons are prohibited there.
A Music City Center staffer said organizations holding events there decide whether or not people are allowed to carry guns inside. The NRA said it didn’t have a problem with it.
The ban on “operational” guns applies to guns for sale on the convention floor, The Tennessean reports:
“A multilevel security plan went into works not long after Nashville was chosen as the convention destination. All guns on the convention floor will be nonoperational, with the firing pins removed, and any guns purchased during the NRA convention will have to be picked up at a Federal Firearms License dealer, near where the purchaser lives, and will require a legal identification.”
This isn’t the first time that guns have been restricted at an NRA convention, either.
A similar scenario played out in 2014 when the NRA held part of its convention at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where weapons aren’t allowed. When the convention was held in Charlotte in 2010, concealed carry wasn’t allowed at all, NPR reports.
This eRumor went viral after the website Addicting Info published a report headlined, “NRA Bans ‘Operational’ Guns at NRA Convention for Security Reasons.”
That claim is partially true, and partially false.
If you would believe the logic the NRA has used to justify guns everywhere from inside capitol buildings to bars to schools, more guns equal more safety. With that premise, one would think an NRA convention – a place where thousands of gun-owners congregate to buy, sell, and talk weaponry – would be the safest place in the world. The NRA disagrees. In fact, they’d rather you kept your guns at home, please.
The NRA, America’s largest gun lobbying group, is planning to hold its annual convention this week in Nashville. According to planners, over 70,000 proud good guys (and girls) with guns are expected to show up. As always, attendees will hear talks from celebrities, politicians, former Alaskan half-term governors, and gun-rights advocates, while a massive arena will be filled with vendors.