For three days last week, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania probably had the largest population of shooting sports enthusiasts in the world as the town played host to the 2011 NRA Annual Meeting. From a membership of four-million, some 70,000 NRA members and family came through the door during the three-day event, including me.
Celebrating the 140th edition of this annual event, the 2011 edition featured speeches by such names as Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, and entertainment by comedian Jeff Foxworthy. Another important feature of this NRA weekend was the NRA Exhibits. This trade show, which is billed as the largest gun show in the world, had over 400 manufacturers participating on two full floors of the David Lawrence Convention Center. Each company manned their booths with factory staff ready to discuss new products and answer questions from thousands of customers that make up the NRA membership rolls.
Formed in 1871, the primary goal of the National Rifle Association would be to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis.” While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. For more information on the NRA, go to nra.org.