The National Rifle Association is holding its annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee, this week, but guns will be banned in a major area of the gathering.
The NRA broke the good and bad news to its members on its Facebook page:
"During the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Music City Center with the proper license in accordance with Tennessee law. Bridgestone Arena prohibits the possession of firearms. When carrying your firearm, remember to follow all federal, state and local laws."
Some Nashville hotels also do not allow guns.
Nashville Public Radio notes the gun restrictions happened in 2014 at the NRA convention in Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium and in 2010 at a convention arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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The NRA normally claims that gun restrictions are a form of tyranny, the Second Amendment is being trashed and there is a government plot to confiscate guns.
For reasons unknown, the NRA has refrained from its vitriolic name-calling and wild accusations this time. But not all NRA members are happy about the partial ban.
“Well, I paid for the tickets and they are nonrefundable, so I will probably go," NRA member Dan Utz told Nashville Public Radio. "Had I known ahead of time, I would've, I can’t say for sure that I wouldn’t, but I would have strongly considered not (going).”
Sources: Nashville Public Radio, Facebook
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