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The NRA Can’t Have Their Annual Meeting Because of Texas’ COVID Surge

When Donald Trump was voted into the White House in 2016, the NRA was riding high. Despite near constant mass shootings, the organization was able to stop any attempts at gun control. And with Republicans in control of the White House, House and Senate, gun restrictions were further loosened.

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4 years later, the NRA is in a much different situation. Infighting within the organization revealed how poorly the organization was run. And New York Attorney General Letitia James is looking to take the gun rights group out completely.

There was more bad news for the NRA on Tuesday. The group announced that they would no longer be holding their annual meeting due to the massive surge of COVID-19 in host state Texas.

The organization wrote in a statement, “We make this difficult decision after analyzing relevant data regarding COVID-19 in Harris County, Texas. We also consulted with medical professionals, local officials, major sponsors & exhibitors, and many NRA members before arriving at this decision. The NRA Annual Meeting welcomes tens of thousands of people, and involves many events, meetings, and social gatherings.”

The event had to potential to be an embarrassing one even before the cancellation due to poor attendance. The Daily Beast reported last month, “Most of the largest American gun makers have taken steps to drop out, from informing the NRA that they won’t be attending to cancelling travel plans. These companies include Benelli USA, Browning, FN Herstal, Kimber Manufacturing, Savage Arms, Smith & Wesson, Springfield Armory, Sig Sauer, and Sturm, Ruger & Company.”



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