Victims of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting and their parents are criticizing the National Rifle Association after it announced that gun advocates won't be allowed to bring weapons to watch Vice President Pence deliver the NRA-Institute for Legislative Action's leadership forum keynote address in Dallas on Friday.
Authorities say they will be honoring state laws allowing both open and concealed carry of firearms on public property surrounding the convention center, but the secret service will not allow guns inside where Trump and Pence will be speaking.
Dallas police are expecting "numerous" protests during the four-day convention, and warn that additional road closures are possible.
He added, "I wish my daughter and others murdered by guns had the same protection". Several emails were attached to the NRA's filing, including one dated February 28 saying, "Next time I hope it's someone in your family looking down the barrel of a gun or shot in the back trying to flee some great Floridian". Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky wrote on Twitter that "The NRA has evolved into such a hilarious parody of itself". "Can someone explain this to me?" "Am I missing something?"
The move is part of a directive from the Secret Service, which will oversee security during the leadership forum on Friday where the two are slated to speak. Trump has been a robust supporter of the NRA and loved their backing in his 2016 marketing campaign.
White House officials confirmed to NPR's Mara Liasson that President Trump will be attending the convention later this week, though it's unclear when he will speak.
The NRA and many gun rights activists promote a pure understanding of the Second Amendment. The NRA and many gun rights activists oppose new laws or regulations concerning firearms on the grounds that they would infringe on the pure rights granted to every citizen in the Second Amendment.