President Trump speaks at the National Rifle Association in 2017. 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. "In outcome, firearms and firearm equipment, knives or weapons of any variety can be prohibited within the discussion board previous to and through his attendance".
During the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Centerand the Omni Dallas Hotel in accordance with Texas law.
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.
The convention, which takes place between May 3 and May 6, will allow gun carry that abides by Texas law wherever and whenever the Secret Service isn't providing armed security.
"There will be no storage for firearms", the NRA says in the announcement.
Guns were also banned during Trump's appearance at the NRA's annual meeting in Atlanta a year ago.
Fred Guttenberg, father of Jaime Guttenberg, one of many 17 individuals murdered on February 14, additionally went after the NRA.
"According to the NRA, we should want everyone to have weapons when we are in public, " Guttenberg said.
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There will be plenty of guns at the National Rifle Convention in Dallas this week, but one room will be completely free of weapons. Am I missing something?
The NRA did not respond to a request for comment.
March For Our Lives strategist and MSD grad Matt Deitsch, whose siblings Ryan and Samantha are survivors of the shooting, chimed in as well.
They will also have to hand over knives and any other weapons. Can someone explain this to me? Deitsch said Saturday on Twitter.
Cameron Kasky, also a survivor of the shooting, called the NRA "a hilarious parody of itself".
Even gun enthusiasts and apparent NRA members are displeased at the prohibition.
"We're expecting in the thousands and we're expecting our numbers to go up with him coming to town", Alexander said of Trump. Pence had already been slated to speak at the group's leadership forum. I won't be going anywhere that I cant carry my firearm. They are very aware that it is the Secret Service that has exercised their authority to ban weapons, backpacks, drones, aerosols, signs, selfie sticks, etc. "NRA faces backlash for banning guns at NRA convention", a headline from The Hill said. "The campaign ads would write themselves".
"NRA banned nothing", Loesch tweeted.