NRA Pulling Out Of Columbus

NRA Pulling Out Of Columbus

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    NRA Pulling Out Of Columbus

    Citing the City Council's vote to ban semi-automatic firearms, Excecutive Vice President Wayne LaPierre announced that the NRA was pulling its 2007 convention out of Columbus, costing the city an estimated $20 million in business. According to an NRA news release, LaPierre said the NRA would return to Columbus when the Ohio legislature enacts a preemption law that would override the ban.
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    Thumbs up Good Info About COLUMBUS Bumper

    Thank Our Luck Stars That The NRA Stood Ground On Principle.
    I'm usually not too impressed with the NRA but, they aced it this time! :chairshot
    Columbus, Ohio sure could use the money & added revenue.
    GOOD! Let the irrational stupidity of their anti~gun Left Wing political machine hit them right in the old pocketbook.
    Let The Brady Campaign hold their next big rally in Columbus, Ohio.
    That should add at least 500 bucks into the city coffers when only six people show up.

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    With this poll, you can tell CNN how you feel about the NRA's decision:
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    Yep - the poll is creeping in a better direction.

    I thought we had a thread about this already day or two ago? In which this item was posted - anyways - good for the NRA!

    Columbus City Leaders Standing By Gun Ban
    By Susan Jones Senior Editor
    July 19, 2005

    ( -- Gun control advocates in Columbus, Ohio, accuse the
    National Rifle Association of trying to "bully" them, and they say they will
    stand firmly in support of a gun ban -- even though it will cost the city
    millions of dollars in lost business.

    Second Amendment supporters hope the gun ban may also cost city council
    members their jobs come election time.

    The NRA announced on Monday that it would take its 2007 convention business
    elsewhere now that Columbus has passed a citywide ban on semi-automatic

    "Let me say, that we are not for sale; and we're going to stand by this;
    they won't hold us hostage," said Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman on Monday.

    City officials insist the semi-automatic weapons ban -- which follows the
    expiration of a similar federal ban last September -- will make Columbus

    But the National Rifle Association's Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre
    said the ban gives law-abiding Columbus residents less freedom and fewer
    rights than citizens who live outside the city limits.

    City Councilman Mike Mentel, who proposed the semi-automatic weapons ban,
    called the NRA's announcement a "ruse" and questioned the group's motives in
    backing out of the convention, when it has known since last December that
    Columbus was considering a semi-automatic weapons ban.

    "What changed is they actually carried through and passed this ridiculous
    proposal," LaPierre said on Monday.

    A defensive Councilman Mentel said the gun ban contains an exemption for gun
    collectors, but Second Amendment supporters are concerned about the gun ban
    itself - not the exemptions.

    A Columbus television station reported the Columbus convention center is now
    in talks with four other conventioneers that combined, would bring in about
    as much money as the NRA would have done on its own.

    Standing with police

    Michael Barnes, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,
    praised Columbus officials for passing "sensible restrictions" on
    semi-automatic weapons, and he urged city leaders to "stand tough for public

    "What the NRA's leader said to the people of, 'Let us set
    public policy, or we won't visit your city.' That must never be the
    agreement in a civilized democracy," Barnes said.

    Barnes said Columbus residents should be proud of their leaders for "proving
    the city will stand with the police and won't back down from bullies."

    The Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, a group that lobbied for passage of
    the Columbus gun ban ordinance, said it is "astonished" by the NRA's

    The group says the ordinance to "regulate assault weapons" was intended to
    "protect the safety" police officers and Columbus families.

    "It is astonishing that the extremist leadership of this organization thinks
    it can bully and intimidate local lawmakers and municipalities that are
    working to reduce gun violence and address the threat of assault weapons on
    our streets," said Toby Hoover, executive director of the Ohio Coalition
    Against Gun Violence.

    "We applaud the city of Columbus for standing up to the extremist leadership
    of this organization and hope their courage becomes an example to other
    communities and lawmakers," said Hoover.

    Likewise, Sue Ann Schiff, executive director of the Legal Community Against
    Violence, said Columbus "has the right to decide what regulation it needs to
    keep the community safe from gun violence."

    The LCAV also applauded the city "for refusing to be bullied and for
    choosing to save lives rather than be intimidated by the NRA."

    Those two gun control groups point to a study by the Violence Policy Center,
    a gun control group, which found that between 1998 and 2001, one out of
    every five law enforcement officers slain in the line of duty was killed by
    an assault weapon.
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