(CNN) — The National Rifle Association will hold its 2022 annual meeting in Houston on Friday, bringing together its top executives and several notable conservatives, including former President Donald Trump the first time in three years.
The annual NRA meeting was canceled in 2020 and 2021 Due to the coronavirus pandemic, however, this year the organization is moving forward with its plans and is holding the meeting at a time when both gun rights and the organization itself have come under intense scrutiny, particularly after a Shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, TexasHe left 21 dead.
Here’s what we know about the 2022 Annual Meeting.
When is the meeting?
The NRA’s Annual Meeting & Exhibits 2022 is scheduled to take place from May 27th to 29th event website. The leadership forum, which the organization describes as “one of the most politically significant and popular events in the country,” takes place on Friday afternoon.
Where is the meeting taking place?
The leadership forum will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, the same location it was scheduled to be held last September for the 2021 Annual Meeting.
Who can attend the session?
The annual meeting is open to NRA members only. According to the organization, it currently has over five million members Website.
Who are this year’s speakers?
Friday’s meeting will include remarks from eight people, including NRA chief Wayne LaPierre and Jason Ouimet, chief executive of the group’s lobbying division, according to the event’s website.
Trump will also speak at the event. The former president, who maintained close ties to the gun lobby and its activists throughout his presidency, spoke at the 2019 event, This was his fifth consecutive speech at the annual meeting.
In addition to Trump, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, also a Republican, are also scheduled to speak at Friday’s meeting. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and North Carolina Gov. Mark Robinson, both Republicans, will also make comments.
What security measures are there?
The NRA said because Trump will be present at the event, US intelligence will “take control of the General Assembly Hall and have magnetometers in place prior to entry.”
participants are forbidden to bring “Firearms, firearm accessories, knives, and other items,” including backpacks and selfie sticks.
What has happened since the 2019 meeting?
Friday’s annual meeting comes at a time of intense scrutiny for gun rights and the NRA, with gun control supporters turning their attention to the organization this week after an 18-year-old gunman 19 children and two teachers shot a tan Elementary school in Uvalde, Texasbefore he was killed by law enforcement, officials said.
The NRA condemned the shooting in a statement Wednesday, calling it a “horrific and vicious crime.”
“Although an investigation is ongoing and facts are still emerging, we recognize that this was the act of a lonely, deranged criminal,” the group said. “As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members and commit to redoubling our commitment to keeping our schools safe.”
The massacre is the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012, which killed 26 people, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7.
The NRA also struggled to stay afloat after New York Attorney General Letitia James sought the NRA’s dissolution over alleged misuse of charity funds. In March, a judge on the New York State Supreme Court blocked James’ attempt to disband the organization but allowed her suit to move forward.
And observers are also awaiting a decision from the US Supreme Court in the largest second change case it has accommodated in more than a decade. Judges are considering overturning a New York gun law enacted more than a century ago that restricts carrying a concealed gun outside the home.
What happened at the last annual meeting?
At the Annual General Meeting 2019, Trump announced he would not ratify a United Nations arms trade agreement, then signed a message to the Senate before an audience of NRA leaders.
The meeting was also notable because then-NRA President Oliver North told members during the meeting that he would not be named president of the group after a dispute with LaPierre. The announcement came in a letter in which North said he hoped he would be nominated for a second term, but: “I have now been told that will not happen.”
North, already a controversial figure for his involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal, joined the NRA at a critical juncture for her, responding to renewed calls for gun control following the 2017 school shooting in Parkland, Fla .
This story has been updated with a statement from the NRA.
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