What do you know about the annual meeting of the NRA in Houston

The annual meeting of the Natural Resources Authority in . has been cancelled 2020 And 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this year the organization is moving forward with its plans, holding the meeting at a time when gun rights and the institution itself have come under intense scrutiny, especially after An elementary school shooting in Ovaldi, Texasleaving 21 dead.

Here’s what we know about the 2022 Annual Meeting.

The NRA 2022 Annual Meeting and Exhibitions is scheduled for May 27-29, according to event site. The leadership forum, described by the organization as “one of the most important and popular political events in the country,” will be held on Friday afternoon.

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?

The annual meeting is only open to members of the NRA. The organization currently has more than five million members, according to her website.

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.

Trump will also speak at the event. The former president who maintained a close relationship with the arms lobby and its activists throughout his presidency, Speaking at the 2019 event, Which represents his fifth consecutive speech at the annual meeting.

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.”

the audience It is forbidden to bring “Firearms and their accessories, knives and other items,” including backpacks and selfie sticks.
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What has happened since the 2019 meeting?

Friday’s annual meeting will take place at a time when gun rights and the NRA have come under intense scrutiny, with gun control advocates turning their attention to the organization this week after an 18-year-old gunman 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at Elementary School in Ovaldi, TexasOfficials said, before he was killed by law enforcement.

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.

The NRA was also fighting a battle to stay afloat after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA alleging misuse of charitable funds. In March, a New York State Supreme Court judge James prevented trying to dissolve the organization But she allowed her lawsuit to move forward.
Observers are also awaiting a decision by the US Supreme Court Biggest Second Amendment Case Addressed in more than a decade. Judges are considering whether to overturn a New York gun law enacted more than a century ago that places restrictions on carrying a concealed handgun outside the home.

What happened at the last annual meeting?

at 2019 annual meeting, Trump announced that he would not ratify the UN Arms Trade Treaty, then signed a letter to the Senate before an audience of NRA leaders.

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.