Here’s what we know about the 2022 Annual Meeting.
Where is the meeting?
The Leadership Forum will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, the same location it was scheduled to be last September for the 2021 Annual Meeting.
Who can attend the meeting?
Who are this year’s speakers?
Friday’s meeting will feature remarks from eight people, including NRA chief Wayne LaPierre and Jason Ouimet, the executive director of the group’s lobbying arm, according to the event’s website.
In addition to Trump, Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas GOP Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, also a Republican, are also scheduled to speak at Friday’s meeting. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem and North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Mark Robinson, both Republicans, will also deliver remarks.
What are the security measures?
The NRA said that because Trump will be present at the event, the US Secret Service “will take control of the General Assembly Hall and have magnetometers in place prior to entry.”
What has happened since the 2019 meeting?
The NRA condemned the shooting in a statement Wednesday, calling it a “horrific and diabolical crime.”
“Although an investigation is ongoing and facts are still emerging, we recognize that this is the act of a lone and deranged criminal,” the group said. “As we gather in Houston, we will reflect on these events, pray for the victims, recognize our patriotic members and pledge to redouble our commitment to securing our schools.”
The massacre is the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut in 2012 that left 26 people dead, including 20 children between the ages of 6 and 7.
What happened at the last annual meeting?
The reunion was also notable because then-NRA president Oliver North told members he would not be reappointed as group president following a dispute with LaPierre. The announcement was made in a letter in which North said he hoped he would be reappointed for a second term, but “I am now informed that will not happen”.
Already a controversial figure due to her involvement in the Iran-Contra scandal, North joined the NRA at a critical time for her as she responded to new calls for gun control following the shooting in a 2017 school in Parkland, Florida.
This story has been updated with a statement from the NRA.
Ariane of CNN’s Vogue, Sonia Moghe, Jeremy Diamond, Maegan Vazquez and Nikki Carvajal contributed to this report.