February 25th, 2010
03:09 PM ET
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First on the Ticker: Palin to headline annual NRA meeting

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/07/art.palincu0207.gi.jpg caption="Palin will address the gun rights group on May 14."]Washington (CNN) - Sarah Palin will headline the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina in May, the gun rights group told CNN on Thursday.

Her May 14 appearance at the Charlotte Convention Center will offer Palin, a hunter and fierce advocate of gun rights, an opportunity to appeal to one of the conservative movement's most prominent interest groups.

"Governor Palin is one of the most requested speakers in America today," Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive director, told CNN in a statement. "She's an outdoorsman, hunter and a steadfast supporter of our Second Amendment freedom. We are pleased to have a fellow NRA member speak at our 139th annual meeting in Charlotte this May."

If the former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee is indeed considering a White House bid in 2012, then the visit will also come with a not insignificant perk: the Charlotte media market spills over into heavily-Republican parts of South Carolina, a crucial early primary state.

Filed under: North Carolina • Sarah Palin • South Carolina
soundoff (127 Responses)
  1. Demwit

    Sarah Palin is an idiot!

    Thanks CNN, I needed that....

    February 25, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. runswithbeer

    Right to Bear Arms per the Texas Constitution: Sec. 23. RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS. Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms in the lawful defense of himself or the State; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms, with a view to prevent crime.

    February 25, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  3. S

    Quit accusing Liberals of trying to take away your guns. Nobody's going to abolish the Second Amendment, you fools.

    February 25, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Palin will shoot her mouth as usual about nothing and at the same time shoot herself in the foot. LOL

    February 25, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. rob

    How appropriate. Have her headline the Hooters convention too.

    February 25, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Meet me in Amsterdam

    I wonder if she will show how they bash in the heads of baby seals in her state?I have to laugh at her and the gun nuts that think they will be able to fight an army that have laser weapons and sound explosives?They have no idea that the money they are spending for a sense of security is useless.They should be using this stuff in Iraq but dont want to show their hand.

    February 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Cynthia

    "Gov palin is the most requested speaker in america today" LOL Are you serious? who is this bozo? oh thats right he's exec dir of NRA and he keeps up with how much this idiot palin is requested to speak. LOLLLLLL this is about the funniest article I have read all week. Do morons like this actually think by saying palin is sought after to speak, people are going to believe it? This idiot lapierre must not look at any new stations or read any newpapers, most people know she is not even qualified to be dog catcher let alone anything else. This nit wit is only in the new because anytime her name is mentioned in the media CNN put it on.

    February 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  8. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Any hate groups out there, Sara Palin will be a part of it. This woman is too hateful.

    February 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Jamie

    Sarah loves her guns!!!

    February 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. Yellow-Bellied Liberal Socialist

    I hope she runs and gets nominated in 2012!!

    February 25, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. BeverlyNC

    Oh great – a nutjob with a gun who shoots wolves from a helicopter speaking to a group of nutjobs whose obsession with guns has caused our crime rate due to guns to rise astronomically. No one needs a semi-automatic rifle at home. Do not all the school shootings prove this point? These guns came from homes where guns were not properly stored and where they owned guns that have no business being in the hands of citizens.
    The NRA refuses to acknowledge their radical views kill people. Them aligning with Palin is par for the course.

    February 25, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Who would have guessed there are heavily republican areas of South Carolina? At any rate, I hope this helps Sarah get the republican or Tea Bagger nomination for president in 2012.

    February 25, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  13. scott

    maybe someone will give her a loaded weapon.

    February 25, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Fooled Again

    Ron Paul should be there, not her

    February 25, 2010 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin will become America's next and greatest President of All Times! She is truly chosen by God herself and is sent by the great holy mother of the universe to save this world and bring greatness, glory and prosperity. Her 8 years in the oval office will be America's greatest years ever.

    February 25, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Hope - Arizona

    I'm shocked!!!

    February 25, 2010 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  17. Anthony

    I heard her and Cheney plan to go moose hunting... they invited Obama but he (wisely) declined.

    February 25, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Texas Granny

    Ya know, if that nut case, Wayne LaPierre, wasn't enough to turn you away from the NRA, then old Sarah should finally be the straw. The woman is a moron. She doesn't have a clue what is going on in this world. And she couldn't stand the pressure of public office in Alaska, so she thinks she can handle being President?? Puhleeze!!

    I've been a gun owner for 45 years. The NRA USED to actually be a worthwhile organization for gun owners, hunters, etc. But anymore all they are is another political puppet for the GOP and all the crazy ultra right wingers. When Wayne LaPierre became the NRA Director, I gave up my membership– because the man is a total scary nut case.

    February 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Maybe we'll get lucky......

    and Pelosi will get in Sarah's way.......

    February 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. Ronnie

    COOL! One nut talking to a whole bunch of nuts! Hopefully they will get trigger happy!

    February 25, 2010 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Lynn

    Palin boggles my mind with her ineptness. Can you picture her reading from her hand while speaking to a foreign dignatary or the American people. She's all about, make the money before the world realizes how empty headed I really am.

    February 25, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Proud Member of "Global Zero"

    I can shoot much better than her. I am also much smarter than her. Let me speak....

    Any idiot can own a gun, it takes a smart one not to shoot it.

    February 25, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. JLM

    War and guns, the only things the GOP says yes to.

    February 25, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Jack Fl

    I wonder what she hunts with, an AK57?

    February 25, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  25. Melissa

    Why am I not surprised that this crazy nutbag would support firearms.

    February 25, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
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