INDIANAPOLIS – It was a long fight for Indianapolis to nab the National Rifle Association annual meeting and convention. After winning the bid to host the event the NRA has officially arrived downtown Indianapolis.
“The NRA’s convention is the largest we’ll host in 2014 with 70,000 people coming to Indianapolis over this weekend and estimated to generate $55 million in economic impact. So big business, packed hotels and restaurants,” said Vice President of Visit Indy, Chris Gahl.
Visit Indy says after the convention center was renovated it set its eyes on getting the NRA convention to come to town.
“In 2003 was the first year we started selling the NRA on Indianapolis 7 years later in 2010 they officially said yes. They saw the fact we were adding to the convention center adding hotels and things like the cultural trail,” said Gahl.
The exhibits were packed and with Indianapolis being in driving range to mid western second amendment supporters, the Circle City was an ideal spot.
“I like the smallness of the city and how compact it is. Everything is very centralized versus Las Vegas and things like that. It’s very intimate here,” said online guns and gear reviewer “Aaargo Jay.”
The convention could even be helping you or someone you know bring home a paycheck.
“There are 74,000 people who depend on tourism for a paycheck as their full-time employment. So when we book a convention like this of this sheer magnitude it’s not only economic impact for the city it also keeps 74,000 people working,” said Gahl.