NRA Meeting Expected to Bring Millions of Dollars to Dallas

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The National Rifle Association's annual leadership forum later this week will feature Vice President Mike Pence on Friday, and while members can carry their firearms at all other times, the U.S. Secret Service will not allow any weapons into the convention center during Pence's speech.

Fellow survivor Matt Deitsch said: "Wait you're telling me to make the VP safe there aren't any weapons around but when it comes to children they want guns everywhere?"

The irony was not lost on some Parkland students and parents. "Can someone explain this to me?"

While it's a Secret Service security protocol, the move triggered criticism of the NRA from their loudest opponents of late - students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their families. Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was among the 17 students killed in the Valentine's Day shooting, wrote, "According to the NRA, we should want everyone to have weapons when we are in public". Several emails were attached to the NRA's filing, including one dated February 28 saying, "Next time I hope it's someone in your family looking down the barrel of a gun or shot in the back trying to flee some great Floridian". It's standard for the Secret Service to bar firearms from being carried into places visited by the people they protect, regardless of state laws. She noted the Secret Service has its own view on how to ensure the safety of the people they protect.

The NRA has meanwhile distanced itself from the Secret Service's directive, saying it had no choice in the matter.

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Guns were also banned during Trump's appearance at the NRA's annual meeting in Atlanta previous year. The NRA spent $11.4 million to elect Trump and $19 million against Hillary Clinton.

It will be the fourth year in a row that Trump addresses the NRA, one of his strongest and most loyal supporters.

Stokes says, "They will not be able to take the street".

The NRA, on its Twitter feed, said Trump would join Vice President Mike Pence at the group's annual "Leadership Forum" in Dallas, Texas.