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n racing circles, the "pole position"
is the most favorable position at
the starting line of a race, and
that's where the 81,283 attending
NRA members found themselves as
the 148th NRA Annual Meetings &
Exhibits in Indianapolis, Ind., raced
from thrilling start to heartwarming
finish. With 15 acres of guns and gear
on display in the Exhibit Hall, a surprise
visit from President Donald Trump and
Vice President Mike Pence, dozens
of expert-led seminars and a day just
to celebrate the next generation of
Second Amendment supporters, this
year's Annual Meetings are sure to go
down in the record books.
The sold-out NRA-ILA Leadership
Forum, always a can't-miss member
favorite, was headlined for the
third consecutive year by a sitting
president, Donald Trump-and for the
second consecutive year together with
Vice President Pence. (In fact, prior to
2017, the last American president to
grace the Annual Meetings was Ronald
Reagan in 1983.) It was a stirring
testament to President Trump's
dedication to preserving the
Second Amendment.
Another important highlight was
found at the NRA booth at the heart
of the show, where NRA Women
hosted special opportunities to
meet women who have dedicated
themselves to protecting the Right
to Keep and Bear Arms. A special
sign-up carrel for new female NRA
members stood alongside the world's
most perfect "selfie space," stocked
with Annie Oakley's rifle (courtesy of
the NRA's National Firearms Museum)
and attended by NRA Board Members

(Top): For the 148th consecutive year, the Meeting of Members celebrated NRA as the oldest
and largest civil rights organization in America. (Above, L to R): NRA-ILA Executive Director
Chris Cox, President Donald Trump and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre
addressed a sold-out crowd of exuberant NRA Members at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

such as Marion Hammer and
Il Ling New, and champion shooter
Vera Koo-role models for NRA
women everywhere.
Although the Exhibit Hall, bursting
at the seams with thousands of
innovative outdoor products, is always
a prime attraction for NRA members,
those who ventured outside the show
floor found informative seminars
led by world-famous experts in the
world of guns, hunting and selfdefense. Members also delighted in
the fellowship and inspiration offered
by the National Prayer Breakfast, the
NRA-ILA Dinner and Auction, Sunday's
Youth Day, the NRA Country concert
(headlined by superstar Second
Amendment supporter Alan Jackson),
the NRA Foundation Barbecue and
Auction, the Women's New Energy
AMERICANRIFLEMAN.ORG

JULY 2019

Breakfast and so much more. No matter
your reason for supporting the Right to
Keep and Bear Arms or your personal
interests, the 148th Annual Meetings &
Exhibits had something for you.
There's nothing like three days of
firearms, freedom and family fun to
make one feel refreshed and refocused
on our blessings as Americans-and
on the road ahead. We hope you'll
join us next year as we welcome
NRA members to the 149th Annual
Meetings & Exhibits in Nashville, Tenn.,
April 17-19, 2020!

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