Sunday, April 21, 2019

NRA Annual Meeting - Where Can You Carry?

The Indy Star published an article on Friday detailing where you can and can't carry at the NRA Annual Meeting which starts on Friday. The biggest event you cannot carry is at the NRA Leadership Forum on Friday. It's not because Wayne and Company is scared but because the Secret Service forbids any weapons in any place where the President will be speaking or appearing. Given that both President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence will be speaking at the event, I'm sure it goes double.

What is prohibited instead the Leadership Forum?

Here's a complete list of items that won't be allowed inside the stadium when Trump speaks:
  • Aerosols
  • Ammunition
  • Backpacks
  • Bags larger than 18"x13"x7"
  • Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
  • Firearms
  • Glass, thermal, or metal containers
  • Gun parts, holsters, magazines, etc.
  • Knives
  • Laser pointers
  • Mace/pepper spray
  • Selfie sticks
  • Signs
  • Toy guns
  • Umbrellas
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Any other item determine to be potential safety hazards 
However,  a group called Knife Rights will provide complimentary storage for knives and other prohibited items at the North Gate entrance.
If you are attending the Leadership Forum, be prepared to get in line early if last year was any indication. I remember a long line snaking through the Dallas Convention Center as people had to go through the Secret Service checkpoint to be admitted.

Firearms will also not be allowed at the Alan Jackson concert to be held at the Lucas Oil Stadium.

 However, you will be able to carry in the convention hall provided you have a valid carry permit. Carrying outside the home requires a permit under Indiana law according to the article.

For the most up-to-date information on carry laws in Indiana, go to

UPDATE: I checked with a friend in Indy. She said you can carry in establishments that serve alcohol. Unlike in North Carolina, Indiana allows you to consume alcoholic beverages while carrying. However, public intoxication is illegal so moderation is the key. Personally, and this is just me, I don't carry when I plan to consume alcohol.


  1. Something else to note: Indiana recognizes ALL carry permits, even those issued by foreign governments. If you have a permit to carry at home, you have a permit to carry here.

  2. "I don't carry when I plan to consume alcohol."

    I don't consume alcohol when I plan to carry. :).