Dallas councilman chafes at upcoming NRA annual meeting worth $42 million
By Chris Eger
Last year’s NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta drew over 81,000 and netted the city millions in economic impact. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
Despite the fact that the city signed a contract with the gun rights member organization years ago and stands to make millions from the event, one local lawmaker wants the National Rifle Association to stay away in May.
In a press conference Monday, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway spoke out about the 147th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits planned for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in three months. Caraway, a Democrat, issued statements that he was a Second Amendment supporter and said he was a gun owner with “one in every room of my house” but, citing last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, argued the organization should find somewhere else to hold their annual convention.
The NRA’s event, which is set to draw crowds of 80,000 and host over 800 exhibitors across acres of floor space, was announced as far back as 2012 in a deal that, according to the Charlotte Observer, saw the Dallas waive $414,000 in rental fees for the city-owned venue, which is expected to be offset by the influx of business associated with