Guns banned from NRA event during Mike Pence address

Even those legally allowed to carry guns cannot carry them.

There will be plenty of guns at the National Rifle Convention in Dallas this week, but one room will be completely free of weapons.

The NRA announced gun owners, even those legally allowed to carry them, will not be allowed to carry guns or knives during Vice President Mike Pence's address Friday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Arena.

"Due to the attendance of the Vice President of the United States, the U.S. Secret Service will be responsible for event security at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum," the NRA's statement to attendees reads. "As a result, firearms and firearm accessories, knives or weapons of any kind will be prohibited in the forum prior to and during his attendance."

In fact, everything from selfie sticks to laser pointers and toy guns will be banned from the arena during Friday's keynote address.

The NRA also notes there will be no storage available for firearms.

Texas has more registered firearms than any other state, according to the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The agency's 2017 report shows there are 588,696 guns in the state. Texas also leads the country by a wide margin in number of licensed dealers, with 771, according to the ATF report from April 2017. Only one other state (Florida, 402) has more than 250 gun dealers.

Pence was given an "A" rating by the NRA in 2003 while he was governor of Indiana. He was not one of the politicians rated on the NRA's most-recent grades in 2010. Cornyn was also given an "A" in the same 2003 grades.

The NRA's Annual Meeting in Dallas begins May 3.