The National Rifle Association has announced a change for the date and location of the 2022 annual meetings and convention. The nation’s oldest civil rights organization has moved the event from Louisville to Houston, Texas over the Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.
The NRA has faced plenty of justifiable criticism over its decision-making lately, but this move was both wise and prudent. Kentucky’s Governor, Democrat Martin Beshear, has earned his reputation for radical COVID mitigation mandates, including restrictions on events and gatherings along with lockdowns.
Beshear, no fan of the National Rifle Association, could have seriously hobbled the NRA’s convention and annual meetings with last-minute mandates and rules. Texas, on the other hand, has opted to give its residents and visitors the right to choose whether or not to wear masks or take vaccines.
Here’s the story from Houston NPR:
The National Rifle Association on Wednesday announced that the organization’s 2022 annual meeting and exhibits will be held in Houston, after this year’s event was canceled due to Harris County’s high number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
The annual event, set to celebrate the organization’s 151st anniversary next year, will be held over Memorial Day weekend in May 2022.
The 2022 meeting is expected to bring in about 55,000 attendees and have an economic impact of $16.7 million from hotel bookings, restaurants and entertainment, according to Houston First Corp, the quasi-governmental organization that manages the George R. Brown Convention Center and conventions in the city of Houston.
In a statement, Houston First President and CEO Michael Heckman said the NRA meeting will help Houston’s hospitality industry recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
After two years of cancellations, the NRA desperately needs a successful convention. Attendees and supporters write checks totaling millions of dollars at the event which help the NRA remain afloat.