A little less than a month ago NRA supporters streamed through the doors of America's Center Convention Complex in St. Louis, and started exploring the 141st NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. If you were lucky enough to go, I trust you had a great time – NRAblog certainly did. Although hectic at times, this year's Annual Meeting was incredible and we will likely need the entire year to recover before doing it again in Houston in 2013.
The 2012 Annual Meeting was a booming success. It was the largest in our organization's history. After the doors were closed and the final number tallied, the NRA convention saw 73,740 people show up to proclaim their support of the Second Amendment. The last time NRA was at St. Louis, in 2008, the Annual Meeting also set a then-attendance record of almost 69,000.
St. Louis had seminars, raffles, banquets, book signings, shows and of course the exhibit hall. Almost eight acres of the latest and greatest products in the shooting industry were on display at America's Center Convention Complex and attendees had the chance to get their hands on all of it.
The Celebration of American Values Freedom Experience was definitely the place to be on Saturday night. Larry the Cable Guy, Glenn Beck and thousands of fellow Second Amendment supporters crowded into the Edward Jones Dome for a night of laughs and celebration of our right to bear arms.
If you weren't able to make it, I'm not going to lie to you, you missed out on a really good time. Not to worry, though. The beauty of Annual Meetings isn't just that there's one every year, but that it moves around the country as well. Next year we'll be in Houston May 3-5 with all new events, shows, speakers and more. Considering it's a year away, you have a little more time to relax before making plans... a week should be enough. After that you'd best get on reservations else you'll miss out on some of the fun.