The NRA headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia. The gun-rights group has about 5 million members. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

The National Rifle Association (NRA) is considering relocating its headquarters from Virginia to North Texas, according to commercial real estate expert Steve Triolet, who noticed NRA representatives touring a facility in the region. Despite some local opposition, the NRA enjoys strong support in Texas, which boasts the most NRA members of any state. Triolet revealed the NRA inspected the two-million-square-foot State Farm campus in Richardson but now appears to be focused on the Las Colinas/Freeport area. The NRA is said to be in negotiations for a building of around 300,000 square feet in that vicinity.

According to Triolet:

“Dallas has become a corporate magnet for headquarter relocations partly due to DFW airport being centrally located. Las Colinas is a prime target for companies where their executives need to travel.”

“They’ve been looking at Texas since at least 2021. They kind of pulled back and then started looking again this year. They looked at Richardson and several other northern suburbs and now it seems like their focus is on Las Colinas/Freeport area is on their shortlist. They’re in negotiations to take a whole building in that area which would be roughly about 300,000 square feet.”

“They’re looking at building features. They’re looking at demographics and I’m sure Las Colinas, one of their appeals like I mentioned before, the airport being able to travel and just the availability of property,”

The NRA confirmed Texas as a preferred choice for future headquarters but denied currently being in contract negotiations with any Texas property. Richardson was never on the list of potential locations, according to the NRA, though it was not clarified whether Irving is or was a contender. Meanwhile, a group led by local resident Almas Muscatwalla has initiated a petition, citing various concerns, to oppose the NRA’s potential move to the region. Richardson’s city representatives confirmed that State Farm has long-term leases in place and is not sub-leasing its campus. Any formal NRA relocation may only be publicly announced if the organization requests economic incentives.

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