The 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits was the largest ever, boasting 86,228 attendees, myself included, making this the longest running shooting and hunting show in the world. This year’s convention featured 620 exhibitors with halls lined with loyal NRA members.
The exhibit halls were filled with firearms and accessory manufacturers from around the globe. I proudly attended this year’s convention with Cabela’s as an ambassador for hunting and shooting sports.
Friday was my first day at the convention and it was hopping with excitement. My first stop was the 7th Annual NRA Women’s Leadership Luncheon which featured 500 proud NRA members.
This year’s luncheon was hosted by Luncheon Co-Chairs Gaye Kelsey and Melanie Pepper and the keynote speaker was conservative leader Sean Hannity. Forum Co-Chairs Susan LaPierre and Suzie Brewster presented the luncheon program. The ladies luncheon raised over 1.2 million for the NRA.
My good friend and hunting partner and fellow Cabela’s Ambassador Jim Brennan joined me in Houston to conduct daily seminars Friday, Saturday and Sunday about “Planning Ahead: Building Points Now for Dream Hunts Later.”
This year’s NRA Country Jam III with country artists Kevin Fowler and Eli Young band playing. The Folds of Honor Foundation opened up the show with a speech from Maj. Dan Rooney. The Folds of Honor Foundation is rallying a nation to ensure no family is left behind in the fight to preserve American freedom. Through scholarships and other assistance, we give back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country. We provide healing, hope and an opportunity for dreams to be realized...with the support of people like you. We feel this is our duty as citizens of the greatest country in the world. To learn more about the foundation go to www.foldsofhonor.org
There was so much to do and see at this year’s convention from Leadership Forums, Banquets, Stand and Fight Rally and much more with influential conservative political figures all gathered to discuss our freedoms and the right to bear arms. I am looking forward to the 2014 convention.