Claim: The NRA banned the carrying of guns from their own national convention.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2015]
Origins: Ahead of the National Rifle Association's annual national convention, scheduled to take place in Nashville from 10 to
Oddly, the NRA has decided that it wouldn't feel safe allowing 70,000 people packing heat to mill about. According to local paper The Tennessean, the organization put together a plan that they say will keep people
There will be plenty of weapons in evidence at the hundreds of display booths, but for convention security the firing pins must be removed. So far, there has been none of the familiar complaint about infringing supposedly sacrosanct Second Amendment
The referenced report in the The Tennessean that apparently kicked off the rumor misleadingly suggested that it was part of the NRA's own security plan to require that all guns shown on the convention floor be rendered nonoperational (through the removal of firing pins), and that any guns bought at the convention would have to be picked up elsewhere by their purchasers:
The NRA convention is a very large event, with expected attendance in the range of 70,000 to 80,000 persons, and will sprawl multiple venues. At the primary venue, Music City Center, gun owners with proper carry permits can indeed bring their guns with them during the association's convention. However, one of the auxiliary venues, the Bridgestone Arena (which will be hosting an NRA-sponsored concert by country music artist Alan Jackson and comedian Jeff Foxworthy), is a private venue that prohibits the possession of firearms,
Moreover, the NRA did not mandate that any firearms displayed on the convention floor have their firing pins removed, nor that guns purchased at the convention be picked up elsewhere. It is common safety practice for guns put on display by their manufacturers at such shows to be non-operational, and state and federal laws govern the sale and buyer pick-up of firearms. The NRA did not originate or insist on these practices for their convention, as Bob Owens, the editor of the gun rights web site BearingArms.com, noted:
The only guns to have their firing pins removed are the display guns put up by the vendors, not the self-defense weapons of attendees. It is a common safety practice at every sporting goods show or convention for firing pins to be absent from weapon displays being handled by thousands of people. Don’t quote me on this, but I seem to recall that this is an insurance requirement.
As for gun sales at the convention, they are simply following — once again — federal and state laws on the purchase and possession of firearms. Vendors typically only bring representative display firearms to large outdoor shows like the NRA annual meetings, and attendees can order firearms that they like at the event. The vendors will take these orders, and then send the ordered firearms to the customer’s specified local gun dealer, at which point they will have a NICS background check and any additional local checks before the firearm is transferred to them.
The NRA also published a statement on its page for the Annual Meetings & Exhibits, www.nraam.org, that weapons are not allowed in Bridgestone Arena on Saturday when an NRA-sponsored concert is scheduled to be held there.
"Bridgestone Arena prohibits the possession of firearms," the statement said. "When carrying your firearm, remember to follow all federal, state and local laws."
Last updated: 10 April 2015
Friedman, Dan. "NRA Bans Working Guns from Being Displayed at Convention." New York Daily News. 8 April 2015. Grigsby, Karen. "6 Things to Know About NRA Convention." The Tennessean. 8 April 2015. Owens, Bob. "No, the NRA Isn't Banning the Carry of Guns at Its Convention." BearingArms.com. 8 April 2015.