Normally this has been a Bitter thing, but since she’s currently driving, I’m going to be the one doing it this year. As soon as I got a look at the floor on Saturday, I knew it was going to be a good convention. But how good? Record breaking good:
- 72,128 NRA Members went through the Exhibit Hall. That’s a record breaker, the previous being in Louisville at 66,229. Normally we only break the attendance record by a thousand or two, this year NRA broke its attendance record by just under 6000 people! So much for the narrative that NRA is out of touch with its members.
- Revenue for the NRA Store was $415,000 which is a record amount.
- NRA signed up $683,000 in new or upgraded memberships.
- The ILA dinner brought in $244,000, also a record.
- 9,466 people attended the Leadership Forum
- 11,754 people attended the Freedom Experience, which is normally the NRA Banquet.
This is a huge difference over last year in Phoenix. I think everyone is in agreement that this was a wildly successful Annual Meeting, despite all the setbacks and problems. Overall, I would like NRA to return to Charlotte, I’m sure the Site Selection Committee would like to return to Charlotte. The question is what is Charlotte, and the State of North Carolina willing to do to get us all back there?