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Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at the National Rifle Association’s annual leadership forum on Friday. But members of the public at the group’s annual meeting, which is being held this year in Houston, will not be able to carry weapons during his speech.
The conference is taking place in the shadow of Tuesday’s mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, which killed at least 21 people, including 19 students.
According to the NRA, the Secret Service takes control of the room during Trump’s speech and prohibits attendees from having firearms, gun accessories and knives. Ammunition, laser pointers, pepper spray, toy guns, backpacks and other items will also not be allowed.
The Secret Service will search attendees with magnetometers before they enter the venue, the NRA said.
This isn’t the first time guns have been banned during a game of the gun group’s annual convention. In 2018, a similar ban was put in place during a speech by then-Vice President Mike Pence.
The Secret Service told NPR in a statement at the time that the agency had “the authority to prevent firearms from entering sites visited by our beneficiaries, including those located in open port states. “.
In 1999, after the mass shooting at Columbine High School that left 13 dead, the NRA considered canceling its annual convention scheduled days later in Denver but ultimately decided to go ahead with the event.