The National Rifle Association Is Hosting Its 2018 Annual Meetings At Dallas’ Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Come May 3-6.

The self-proclaimed good guys with the guns are on their way to Dallas.

That’s right: Some “80,000 patriots” will descend upon Downtown Dallas’ Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center from all parts of the country on May 3 through 6 to take part in the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting.

The event is expected to be the organization’s largest annual meeting yet, featuring more than 800 exhibits. And of course, because we’re in Texas, the event will obviously be heavily skewed toward the gun-loving Lone Star state.

To that end, here are two quick fun facts about guns in Texas, courtesy of Texas Monthly:

  • Between 2000-2016, Texas saw an increase of 137 percent in gun purchases — spurred on by serious spikes after Barack Obama was elected president and after the Sandy Hook shooting had gun advocates worried that he’d take away their right to buy guns.
  • Turns out, less than half of a single percent of applications for concealed handgun licenses are denied in Texas.

How will Dallas react to this event happening here, especially in the wake of yesterday’s mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead after 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz walked onto his old school campus and opened fire with an AR-15? Well, there’s already a protest planned.

See Also: THREE AREA STUDENTS ARRESTED AFTER BRINGING GUNS TO SCHOOL. // Plano, Flower Mound And Garland Police Make Separate Arrests After Students Bring Guns To Campus Just One Day After Florida School Shooting Leaves 17 Dead.

But, regardless, the NRA and its supporters are fucking stoked about this affair if the below promotion for the meetings is any indication.

Cover image via M&R Glasgow on Flickr.

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