Nashville readies for NRA, the biggest convention held at Music City Center

Music City Center
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Guitars, guns and Nashville, get ready.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) hits town next week bringing an estimated 70,000 people.

The signs and posters around downtown have been going up for several days in anticipation of the event which runs from Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12.

Metro police and the NRA have been talking about where attendees can carry their weapons.

“That is something they are going to put out through their social media,” downtown precinct Commander Jason Reinbold told News 2. “You will see a lot of bike officers, you will see mounted officers and you will see officers walking around meeting and greeting and answering questions.”

Inside the massive Music City Center, permitted handgun permit holders can carry their weapons inside because there are no signs against it.

If a place posts a “No Weapons” sign like at the State Capitol, or nearby restaurants, firearms would not be allowed.

“Certainly with the NRA coming to town, this will be the largest show we have had in number of attendance of any one particular event,” said Music City Center CEO Charles Starks.

He added that several Republican presidential candidates are speaking at the convention.

“It’s a good opportunity for people to come to Nashville, spend a lot of money and do exactly what we built this convention center for, which is to bring economic development to the citizens of Nashville,” Startks said.

Last year’s NRA Convention, which was held in Indianapolis, brought in $55 million.

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