Because this is when things just get silly*:
It’s expected to bring some 60,000 people to Louisville and some prominent political figures, including presidential candidate John McCain.
The NRA convention starts Friday at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
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The south wing was bustling with activity Thursday, the day before the National Rifle Association Convention opens in Louisville. Workers set up 8,000 chairs for the sold-out program featuring Republican presidential candidate John McCain.
Guns are not barred from the state-owned south wing of the Fairgrounds Convention Center and John McCain’s campaign folks said it was fine with them if NRA members with valid concealed carry permits brought guns into his speech. But since our story last week, the Secret Service has stepped in.
But NRA members who walk through the doors will be greeted by metal detectors, they won’t be allowed to carry in weapons, even if they have a valid concealed carry permit.
According to an NRA spokesperson, Secret Service members have stepped in and said while firearms will still be allowed in the convention center, they will not be allowed in the Celebration of American Values Forum.
NRA members WHAS11 talked to say they’re not upset with guns being barred from an NRA event.
*And if it had happened in, say, September, would mark the exact moment when I stopped caring about the presidential campaign.