by Vincent Shuck
Each year about this time I offer a suggestion for Network members and others reading this eJournal to meet us at the ensuing NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits. The 2015 NRA meeting will be held at the Music City Convention Center in downtown Nashville, TN on April 10 to 12.
With over 550 exhibitors, including the Network, you can spend your time in the exhibit hall exploring the products from every major firearm company in the country, book the hunt of a lifetime in the outfitter section, and view priceless collections of firearms in the gun collector area.
You'll also see knives, wildlife art, shooting accessories, hunting gear, ATVs, and much more! Educational seminars, special events and celebrity speakers are on the schedule to break up your walking time in the exhibit hall. Admission to the NRA meeting is free to NRA members and their families.
In addition to the NRA meeting, Nashville offers a wide variety of entertainment options, including the Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, and the Nashville Ballet, if country music is not your priority. It’s also the home of the modern-day empire, known as Music Row, a collection of recording studios, record labels, entertainment offices and other associated music businesses where many of the old and new artists have recorded their melodies as well as managed their business activities.
As noted, the Network will join other exhibitors in the hall. The NRA meeting gives us a chance to interact with current members as well as to bring new members into the fold. It’s a great opportunity for Gila, Marty and me to see current members, literally putting a face to a name, and to explain the Network’s mission to nonmembers. Our past outings to the NRA have been successful on both counts and we look forward to Nashville. To spice up our booth activities, we will have several nationally-known firearms and self-defense authors signing their books on a rotational basis. This includes:
• Massad Ayoob
• Andrew Branca
• Grant Cunningham
• Gila Hayes
If you already have a publication from any of these authors, bring it and have the author sign it! If you need another copy of the same publication or a different publication for yourself or a friend, manage that at our booth, too.
Network members within driving distance of Nashville should attend and those who can make the journey via the airlines will have a practical vindication to use some frequent flyer miles. For more information on the NRA meeting, pre-registration and assistance with housing or travel, visit www.nraam.org for your meeting attendance needs or questions. Come join us at booth #2455 - and bring a friend!
We hope to see you in Nashville next month.
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