Chairman's Commentary: NRA Annual Meetings Recap

May 30, 2016

We are just coming off the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits held in Louisville, KY. This was the NRA’s second largest show ever with 80,452 attendees, further proof that support for our industry is at an all-time high. There were 801 vendors packed into 620,000 square feet, which establishes this year as the largest NRA show from an exhibit space perspective. 

Some of the busiest days were Friday and Saturday due to presumed Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump’s speech to a packed auditorium Friday afternoon. A combination of Mr. Trump’s speech, the huge attendance and the enormity of the convention center, it is being dubbed as the best NRA Show ever.

The NASGW Board met before the NRA show began to review progress on our annual event held in October, and more importantly, to discuss the potential risks to our industry are this year. I think it’s easy to identify the number one risk, which is having Clinton in the White House appointing a liberal judge(s) and doing away with the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

The NASGW Board of Directors continues to do its part to contribute to the shooting sports industry in a variety of ways, including the decision to contribute to the advocacy efforts of three organizations:

  • $25,000  - National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) Gun Vote initiative
  • $25,000  - Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation (CSF)
  • $100,000 - NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA/ILA)

These donations are designed to support initiatives directly benefiting the shooting sports industry. In doing so we hope that our members will also take the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way leading up to these critical elections. It’s time to come together as an industry and dig deep. Your financial support is critically important.

The aforementioned issues and more will undoubtedly be hot topics at our Expo, coming up this October. As a reminder, the NASGW Expo is October 25-28 in Kansas City, Missouri. This year’s show looks to be the biggest one yet and we have some great events and speakers planned to benefit all of our members.  We hope you are utilizing the new NASGW Expo website to plan and schedule your trip and get the most out of your time onsite.  It will be here before you know it.

It was great catching up with many of you in Louisville. Have a great summer!

All the Best,


Pete Brownell

NASGW Chairman

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