Friday, May 14, 2010

NRA Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina

© By Othmar Vohringer

The last time the National Rifle Association came to Charlotte, then-NRA president Charlton Heston thrust a musket in the air and shouted what would become a signature slogan: "From my cold, dead hands!"

An estimated 70,000 are expected to attend the three-day Annual Meetings held this coming weekend at the Charlotte Convention Center, making it the largest NRA event on record. Speakers include former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, broadcaster Glenn Beck and actor Chuck Norris. In addition some 400 firearms manufacturers, collectors and other vendors will occupy 300,000 square feet of exhibit space. "It's bigger than anything we've had," said Moira Quinn of Charlotte Center City Partners.

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