By Lars Dalseide | May 2 2013 09:11

Final steps put in place for the NRA Convention in Texas

The 142nd NRA Convention at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas Houston, Texas - A great deal of anticipation comes with the journey to every Annual Meeting. Called the NRA Convention by some, the Annual Meetings and Exhibits are a once a year gathering of staff, officials, members and supporters of the Second Amendment. Walk through the doors of the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston this week and you're guaranteed to run into a celebrities like Ted Nugent, see the latest firearms from manufacturers like Colt, Benelli and Bushmaster, and meet NRA fans from all corners of the globe.

We hold the Annual Meeting every year because it's written in the by-laws. Back in 1871, when the NRA was established, our founders included a mandate in the initial charter that called for an annual meeting of members. Seventy-seven years later we added the exhibits. They weren't called exhibits that year … but that's what they where.

NRA staff started making their way to Houston last weekend. Most of us arrived within the past 24 hours. We've made our way around the convention hall, walked around our respective hotels, grabbed a bite and took on the final preparations for today. For you, for me and for all who believe in the Amendment number two.

Today we start slow. Exhibitors are completing their displays as forklifts buzz by, foremen shout instructions and managers check their paperwork for that one vital piece that we probably left back there in Poughkeepsie. One way or another it'll all come together. You'll see.

You'll see when you get here to Houston. When you walk through the doors, feel the excitement and can't figure out which way to turn first. Bubbling all over with a badge around your neck, a spring in your step and a weekend filled with promise.

First thing to open is the NRA Store at 2. From there you can make your way to the Pyramyd Air Air Gun Range, the Antique Guns & Gold showcase and the Foundation Banquet and Auction later tonight.

Consider it a first step in the support of the Second Amendment.

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