Here’s what we know about the 2022 Annual Meeting.
Where is the meeting?
The Leadership Forum will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, the same location that would have been last September for the 2021 Annual Meeting.
Who can attend the meeting?
Who are the speakers this year?
Friday’s meeting will feature remarks from eight people, including NRA Chairman Wayne LaPierre and Jason Oymet, executive director of the group’s lobbying arm, according to the event’s website.
In addition to Trump, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw, also a Republican, are also scheduled to speak at Friday’s meeting. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, both Republicans, will also deliver remarks.
What are the security measures?
The NRA said that since Trump will be at the event, the US Secret Service will “take control of the General Assembly Hall and place magnetometers before entering.”
What has happened since the 2019 meeting?
In a statement on Wednesday, the Natural Resources Authority condemned the shooting and described it as a “horrific and vicious crime.”
“Although the investigation is still ongoing and facts are still emerging, we are aware that this was the act of a lonely and troubled criminal,” the group said. “As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our national members, and pledge to redouble our commitment to making our schools safe.”
This massacre is the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012 that left 26 people dead, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7.
What happened at the last annual meeting?
The meeting was also notable because then-NRA President Oliver North told members during the course that he would not be re-nominated as group president after a dispute with LaPierre. The announcement came in a letter in which North said he hoped to be re-elected for a second term, but “I knew now that wouldn’t happen.”
Already a controversial figure for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal, North joined the NRA at a critical juncture for it as it responded to renewed calls for gun control in the wake of the 2017 school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
This story has been updated with a statement from the NRA.
CNN’s Ariane De Vogue, Sonia Moggi, Jeremy Diamond, Megan Vasquez and Nikki Carvajal contributed to this report.