70,000+ people pack Indy for city’s first NRA Convention

143rd NRA Convention underway in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) – Record crowds are in the Circle City this weekend for the 143rd National Rifle Association’s annual meeting.  The first to ever be held in Indianapolis.  More than 70,000 NRA members and gun enthusiasts are packing the convention center there.

“A lot of people here,” NRA member from Ohio Pamela Anderson said, “A lot of guns.”

“Well, I’ve met a lot of good friends here,” gun enthusiast from Idaho Alex Alexander said.

Welcome to every gun enthusiasts heaven, also known as the big NRA convention.  For some it’s a trip they’ve been dying to make.

“I’ve always wanted to go to an NRA convention.”

“Oh, I like guns and it’s my first time I wanted to see what it was like,” Anderson said.

As legislators look at creating more gun regulation, it’s encouraging people like Pamela Anderson from Ohio to protect her constitutional rights and learn how to use a gun.

“I’m more of a handgun person and my daughter is more of a rifle gun.”

Groups like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America are also in Indianapolis this weekend hoping to make their voices heard to NRA officials.

“74 percent of NRA members already support background checks.  It is the leadership of the NRA that is out of step with its members.  What we want them to do is to support common sense gun reform laws like background checks and put people over profit,” Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Shannon Watts explained.

Members NewsChannel 15’s Megan Reust spoke with Friday say they don’t mind mandatory background checks for potential gun buyers.  They just want people to know this won’t prevent tragedies from happening.

“Cause there is a lot of loonies out there that want guns.  But, we do have the amendment.  So, we should bear arms,” Anderson said.

“There are dangerous people who would buy a gun who would also slip through the background check,” Alexander explained.

Visit Indy officials say they estimate it’ll bring in $55 million in economic impact.  The convention wraps up Sunday.

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