Former United States President Donald Trump will address the National Rifle Association’s Annual Leadership Forum on May 27. Guns will not be allowed in Mr. Trump’s speech at the conference, hosted by America’s largest music lobby.
The conference is being held in the shadow of a horrific mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas earlier this week that killed 21 – 19 students and 2 teachers.
The National Rifle Association, better known as the NRA, has been lobbying for many years against gun reform gun control laws because the right to bear arms is enshrined in the American Constitution. Gun ownership is a widely biased issue for many Republican lawmakers against the gun reform law.
According to NPR, The NRA says the US Secret Service took control of the incident during Mr Trump’s speech. The Secret Service prohibits participants from possessing firearms, firearms accessories and knives. Ammunition, laser pointers, pepper spray, toy guns, backpacks and other items will also not be allowed, the report added.
The Secret Service said in a statement NPRThe agency “has the authority to prevent firearms from entering sites visited by our security guards, which are located in the open-carry state.”
Open Carry State is a state in the United States that allows licensed citizens to carry a gun in public.
The head of the NRA is Wayne Lapierre, who has run the company for nearly three decades since his position as executive vice president and has become one of Washington’s top power brokers.
He has claimed a major role in Trump’s 2016 election and is a member of Trump’s son Eric and Donald Jr. and regularly attends NRA events.