In light of the current Coronavirus pandemic the NRA have taken the decision to cancel the their 2020 annual meeting. The meeting had been scheduled to take place next month in Nashville, TN, between April 16th – 19th. The NRA annual meeting is one of the shooting industry’s most popular events with hundreds of exhibitors and tens of thousands of people set to attend, with this in mind the NRA have decided that in the interests of public health it is best to cancel this year’s event.
Earlier this month TFB reported that IWA OutdoorClassics & EnforceTac 2020 – Europe’s biggest firearms trade show – had been postponed and subsequently rescheduled to for later this year due to the danger posed by the Coronavirus outbreak.
Our friends at The Prepared have a rundown on the viral outbreak and ways of preventing infection, check that out here.
Here’s the NRA’s statement on the decision to cancel the Annual Meeting:
With our 149th Annual Meeting scheduled for next month in Nashville, we realize many NRA members and meeting guests have questions about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on our convention.
We have been closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Tennessee Department of Health. In fact, earlier today, a state of emergency was declared in Tennessee.
Therefore, we have reluctantly decided to cancel this year’s NRA Annual Meeting, planned for April 16 – 19 in Nashville. This applies to all events and scheduled programs, including the NRA-ILA Forum. We sincerely regret the need for this action, particularly for our many loyal members who join us for this annual celebration of the NRA and our constitutional freedoms. Details regarding a rescheduled NRA Members’ Meeting will be forthcoming.
Under the direction of NRA President Carolyn Meadows, the NRA Board of Directors is working with the Office of the Secretary in relation to board elections, meetings, and the like.
Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. We were ultimately guided by our responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of our NRA members, guests, and surrounding community.
Please coordinate directly with any hotels, airlines or others who have assisted with your travel arrangements. Most companies have announced plans to accommodate travelers dealing with event cancellations.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
TFB will keep you updated on any further news about the meeting but in the meantime you can find out more at the event’s site, here.