Protests Planned During NRA Convention In Dallas Friday Night, Saturday

The event is also drawing protests, including by those who lost loved ones to gun violence

Protesters started to gather Friday afternoon outside the National Rifle Association’s convention in Dallas.

Several demonstrations protesting gun violence and calling for reform are planned Friday night and Saturday during the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Dallas.

The Next Generation Action Network and its partnering organizations plan to hold a protest and march against the gun lobby starting at Dallas City Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday.

A "die-in" protest is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, where the NRA’s holding its annual meeting. Organizers say they encourage tombstone-themed protest signs and will be printing pictures of victims of gun violence to display at the demonstration. (A link to the event on Facebook no longer exists.)

Several more organized events are scheduled for Saturday. The NRA convention runs through Sunday.


Young Street between Ervay and Griffin Streets, and South Akard Street between Canton and Young Streets will be closed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, according to the Dallas Police Department.

Here are the protests planned for Saturday.

  • At 10 a.m., “Rally 4 Reform,” a student-led rally organized by, is scheduled to take place outside Dallas City Hall. Student organizers will be joined by representatives from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and Everytown for Gun Safety. Manuel Oliver is expected to attend the rally as a guest speaker. He's a parent of one of the students killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in February.
  • At noon, the community organizing group In Solidarity plans to hold an event called "Dallas United Against Gun Violence" outside Dallas City Hall. Organizers say protesters will come together "to show that we vehemently oppose the NRA's careless disregard for the atmosphere of violence and bloodshed that they've helped create and foster." Several groups will participate.
  • A counter-protest organized by North Texas Patriots for Liberty and other groups is scheduled to take place at noon outside Dallas City Hall.
  • Also at noon, the “NoRA” protest is scheduled at Belo Garden Park in downtown Dallas. Speakers include actress Alyssa Milano and Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
  • At 2 p.m., Texas advocates and gun violence survivors from around the country are expected to attend the “Dallas Day Of Action” hosted by Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America at Oak Lawn Methodist Church in Dallas. The goal: train new activists and survivors — and to train students to become organizers.

Note: The NRA has provided financial support to KERA.

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