Dallas Could Spend About $138,000 To Host NRA Convention

This weekend, the National Rifle Association of America will hold its 153rd NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas.

From May 17 to 19, the event is expected to bring in 70,000 to 75,000 attendees from across the country, and possibly internationally.

“There are only five cities really that can hold us due to our size: Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Louisville and Atlanta,” said Nick Perrine, the NRA spokesperson. “NRA staff is on the ground getting prepared for this great event already.”

The event was last held in Dallas in 2018. This year, there will be more than 600 exhibitors covering 14 acres of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in guns and gear shows.

Governor Greg Abbott will speak. Former President Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker on Saturday.

To bring the convention back to Dallas, the state and Visit Dallas agreed to spend about $1 million in total incentives to offset the costs of bringing the event to Texas, according to a document from the Event Trust Funds program. The city itself will likely spend about $138,000 and the state could pay about $862,000. Those incentives could change based on final attendance numbers.

Read more here from WFAA-TV Dallas.