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NRA Cancels Annual Meeting Over Covid Concerns

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After mounting pressure from several major gun manufacturers, the National Rifle Association announced Tuesday that it was cancelling its much-anticipated annual meeting in Texas next weekend.

In a statement on Tuesday, the NRA cited “the health and well-being of our members, staff, sponsors, and supporters” as its top priority, noting that “patrons will return home to family, friends and co-workers from all over the country, so any impacts from the virus could have broader implications.”

The statement made no mention of the fact that some of the biggest manufacturers had already taken steps to pull out of the conference. That list includes Benelli USA, Beretta USA, Sig Sauer, Sturm, Ruger & Company and others, according to people with knowledge of internal communications at these companies.

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