People attend the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention in Indianapolis, on April 14, 2023. Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters

The 2023 NRA Annual Meeting drew a massive attendance of over 77,000 people this past weekend. The event was held at Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis and the headline speech was made by former President Donald Trump. Gun companies used the exhibit to showcase new products and promote second amendment rights. Those who attended were able to handle new guns and get a first-time look at the products. According to Breitbart, exhibiters included “Canik, Colt, Glock, Hogue, Keltec, Mossberg, Taurus, ATN Corp, Daniel Defense, Crossbreed Holsters, FN America, Hillsdale College, Lehigh Defense, Illinois State Rifle Association, Kimber America, North American Arms, Sig Sauer, Stag Arms, Springfield Armory, Velocity Triggers, VZ Grips, Walter Arms, XS Sight Systems, and so many more.”

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Some the products on display at the event were “concealed carry pistols, home defense shotguns, AR-15s, AK-47s, revolvers, bolt-action rifles, lever action rifles, .50 cal. rifles, holsters, gun safes, and knives.”

The Leadership Forum also gave attendees a chance to hear from top 2024 presidential hopefuls such as Donald Trump and Ron DeSantis. Trump delivered the keynote address in which he stated, “I was proud to be the most pro-gun, pro-Second Amendment president you’ve ever had in the White House — I think that’s been acknowledged — and with your support, in 2024, I will be your loyal friend and fearless champion once again as the 47th president of the United States.”

Trump continued, “It is a scandal and a tragedy that year after year, Democrats in Washington continue to hold commonsense school safety measures hostage to their radical gun control agenda, which, in virtually all cases, would do nothing to prevent attacks by demented and disturbed individuals.”

“This is not a gun problem,” he added. “This is a mental health problem, this is a social problem, this is a cultural problem, this is a spiritual problem.”

Other prominent members of the GOP who made remarks included Mike Pence, Sen. Mike Braun, Sen. Tim Scott, Gov. Eric Holcomb, Rep. Jim Jordan, Gov, Kristi Noem, and Vivek Ramaswamy.

DeSantis, Haley and Scott appeared via taped video message, not in person.

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