On Thursday, the Secret Service confirmed firearms will not be permitted at the George World Congress Center where President Trump will speak on Friday to members of the National Rifle Association. According to a statement from the Secret Service, “Individuals determined to be carrying firearms will not be allowed past a predetermined outer perimeter checkpoint, regardless of whether they possess a ticket to the event.”
 
According to federal law, the Secret Service may stop guns from entering sites visited by persons its protection, even in open-carry states.
 
President Trump will speak at the NRA leadership conference, as will several other Republican speakers. They include: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. The NRA was a major backer of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. In 2016, Trump addressed the leadership forum. Speaking to the crowd in 2016, Trump said just moments after the NRA endorsed his candidacy, “We’re getting rid of gun-free zones, OK?”
 
Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control group, released a statement on Thursday to say that Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), a member of the Progressive Caucus who said in January that Trump is not legitimately president, will help it lead a protest against the NRA on Saturday. He will rally along with hundreds of protesters who are opposed to the NRA. The NRA conference is taking place within Lewis' congressional district. 


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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