The National Rifle Association is hosting an "elected officials-only classroom and range tutorial" this month to educate lawmakers on the "purpose and practical use of semi-automatic firearms and the differences between semi-automatic and automatic function."
Although an email from the NRA to state lawmakers asserts the session was planned before the Newton tragedy, it also says "with the upcoming session looming...this is an extremely important debate and one in which accurate information is paramount."
It will be interesting to see how many attend. Here's the email lawmakers received last week:
On Saturday, January 19th from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Las Vegas, the National Rifle Association will be hosting an elected officials-only classroom and range tutorial on the purpose and practical use of semi-automatic firearms and the differences between semi-automatic and automatic function.
Although this invitation is something that has been planned since October of last year to dovetail with the SHOT Show, I'm sure you are aware that this has been a much-discussed issue of late and before the matter of so-called "assault weapons" is debated further, the NRA wanted to create an opportunity for Nevada's policy makers to examine these firearms firsthand in a secure environment, ask questions, and if desired, shoot them in the indoor range at our host site, Battlefield Vegas. The firearm instructors at Battlefield are the top in their field and will be providing an expert education second to none.
We know that this is a busy time with the upcoming session looming, but this is an extremely important debate and one in which accurate information is paramount. Joining us for the tutorial will be a representative from the NRA's Research Division in Virginia and the new Nevada State Liaison for the NRA, Mr. Daniel Reid. I'm stepping away from my lobbying duties with NRA so this will be a good opportunity to meet Dan prior to February and he will also be able to address any questions or concerns you may have as we move forward.
Please RSVP at your earliest convenience and thank you for your time and attention. Details for the event are as follows: