NRA Cancels 149th Annual Meeting in Nashville

The National Rifle Association has canceled its 149th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

NRA Cancels 149th Annual Meeting in Nashville

The NRA cancels is 149th Annual Meeting in Nashville due to Covid-19 concerns. (Photo: NRA)

The National Rifle Association has canceled its 149th Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scheduled for April 16-19 with events downtown, the NRA announced on its site that everything is canceled including the NRA-ILA Forum. The organization cited the growing concerns about the coronavirus and declared state of emergency by Tennessee officials.

The annual event attracts about 80,000 for a week of forums, auctions and the massive consumer show featuring firearms, ammunition, hunting accessories and more. The 2019 event in Indianapolis was estimated to bring in an economic impact of about $35 million. That's down from 2014, when the event there brought an estimated $55 million.

The NRA said it had been "closely monitoring" the situation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tennessee Department of Health. 

"We sincerely regret the need for this action, particularly for our many loyal members who join us for this annual celebration of the NRA and our constitutional freedoms. Details regarding a rescheduled NRA Members’ Meeting will be forthcoming. 

"Under the direction of NRA President Carolyn Meadows, the NRA Board of Directors is working with the Office of the Secretary in relation to board elections, meetings, and the like.  

"Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. We were ultimately guided by our responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of our NRA members, guests, and surrounding community.   

"Please coordinate directly with any hotels, airlines or others who have assisted with your travel arrangements. Most companies have announced plans to accommodate travelers dealing with event cancellations.   

"Please visit www.nraam.org for additional news and information regarding NRA activities. Thank you for your understanding and continued support."

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