I’ve been to every NRA Annual Meeting since 2004, save Houston in 2005 when I was starting a new job the week prior. At nearly every convention, businesses and staff typically welcome NRA members with open arms. Residents may not love the extra traffic, but they usually tolerate things for purposes of the millions of dollars NRA infuses into the local economy. (The exception may be Pittsburgh last year where, from what I was told, horrible is too kind for describing the traffic.)

There is one group that always seems to fret about the arrival of so many NRA members coming to town – bureaucrats. No Lawyers has a great illustration of that effect in St. Louis that appears to have just happened this morning. I guess that is the government worker’s version of a welcome sign.

UPDATE: According to a staffer here on the ground who saw the signs after they went up today, he says that not only are they new, but they are insanely huge. In other words, it leaves me wondering if, based on his description of how absurdly large some of these signs are, some bureaucrat seems to have been trying to send a message that gun owners aren’t welcome.

11 Responses to “Differences”

  1. Jeff says:

    One of the few times I can be happy about being a gun owner in Massachusetts. I can happily carry right past signs like that with no legal concerns.

    • David says:

      You’ll have to fill us in on why.

      • ZK says:

        Massachusetts has no binding signage.

        • Weer'd Beard says:

          +1 “No Weapons” signs in Mass have the same weight as the “No Shirt No Shoes” or “No Pets” signs you see. They can ask you to leave for non-compliance, but police will only get involved if you refuse to leave (trespass)

  2. David says:

    I didn’t experience the Pittsburgh traffic problems last year, thankfully.

  3. Bubblehead Les says:

    Flashing Back to Bernard Goetz and his “Crime” when he tried to defend himself. Also, didn’t Notorious AntiGunner Carolyn McCarthy enter Politics because her Husband was Murdered by a Gun Toting Nut Job on the New York Subway System? Guess Gun Free Subway Zones work, huh?

  4. Dirk Diggler says:

    1) Except on the Metro, those signs are equally worthless. Hopefully that gets changed soon

    2) Mayor Francis Slay is a typical big-city democrat who uses political patronage, public works projects, and division to run the place. In other words, he is an asshole. But his Chief of Staff, Rainford, he is a prick.

  5. Ed says:

    No going to the NRA annual meeting this year.

    Going to The Free State Project’s ( PorcFest( and Def Con ( instead.

    At PorcFest we will be covering all the individual liberty bases, including gun rights. May even do the Appleseed shoot.

    Def Con is a hackers convention, that is all I am going to say about that. LOL

  6. I have a thought, anytime we see a restaurant with such signs. We should go on Yelp and leave a “1 Star” rating.

    Just write…

    “Sadly, we found restaurant xxxxx to be dismissive of our civil rights.”

    • Countertop says:

      We were told that would happen in Virginia (posting of restaurants) when carry in restaurants passed. But I’ve never seen a single sign.