February 25th, 2010
03:09 PM ET
12 years ago

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. Great Northwest

    Palin won't have time unless she receives a big fat check as she is too busy flying around in a helocopter cornering wildlife then shooting them so she can fill her freezer with Bear roasts,moose burgers ,wolf tenders ,gamebirds .

    February 25, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |

    Dear Lord – Please make this woman go away!

    February 25, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |

    Sarah Palin "NRA? Neat, Real Alaskans!"

    February 25, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. Bill from CA

    Hopefully all the guns are loaded and aimed at center stage.

    February 25, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Deb (Long Island)

    Well we won't be able to see what she wrote on her hands this time since she has banned the media, cameras, etc.

    February 25, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  6. Adam

    Boooo! As a gun owner, I don't need Palin bringing any attention to this issue. Trouble follows her every where she goes; although I suppose it follows most people who always seem to be places they shouldn't. Besides, when are people going to understand that DEMOCRATS ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE YOU GUNS AWAY!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. hayden zeke

    From her cold, scrawled on hands....

    February 25, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. People's Voice

    I can't think of a better place for Palin to shoot off her mouth and herself in the foot.

    February 25, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  9. NVa Native

    NRA is "a gun rights group" – that makes millions of dollars by supporting and promoting the interests of the gun industry (they're called lobyists).
    That's like saying that CNN doesn't care about ratings only about the truth. That's like saying Fox media has a legitimate cable news outlet.

    The part of the story about Palin being paid (and you can bet she is) to bark at a NRA pep rally is sure thing and who cares?

    February 25, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  10. Jackalope

    Is she gonna field-dress a moose onstage? You betcha! Wink, wink...

    February 25, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  11. IKHAN

    God help us now.
    With the likes of Palin in the White House & special interest groups like the Gun lobby, the war mongers & such behind her, our return to the Wild West days would draw nearer.
    Gun toting people in schools, parks, homes filled with not only hand guns but assault weapons – its scary.
    With idiots ruling this country & our kids(and adults too) feeding on violence from movies , video games, wars etc what would be our future??

    February 25, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  12. Ken in NC

    The media will be excluded from her speech except those that are armed LOL.

    February 25, 2010 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. Michael

    I love my guns and like the Second Amendment However, I will get out of town when the crazies come to town and specially the dumb ones.

    February 25, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Surprised? No.

    Well, ya gotta go where the people actually WANT you. This is a perfect forum for her. She can wear her lipstick and shoot off a few rounds with the 'boys'. Wink, wink.

    But...I can't help but wonder...is she EVER home to watch her tribe of children? What will be next drama will find out about involving one of them. Its coming because this woman has had zero time to be a Mother since she is STILL campaigning. To whom I'm not sure, but she is none the less.
    She is such a loser.

    February 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  15. Ed Tallahassee

    Hooray for Guns!

    February 25, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. ronalde

    how much is she charging the nra.

    February 25, 2010 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Bob in Pa

    A much better choice than say, Dick Cheny.

    February 25, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. idesign

    Sarah rising, Obama failing.
    Life is good.

    February 25, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. lucy

    Ah yes the intellectually challenged Palin bashers continue their rants of hate because the democrats lack a smart, sexy, charismatic women candidate for higher office. It all boils down to pure jealousy that the Republican party will claim first women elected president, and shatter the liberal feminist movement forever.

    February 25, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  20. Jeff in Houston

    A veritable orgy of ignorance, narrow-mindedness, and propoganda. A porn fest for uneducated middle-aged white males.

    It will take weeks to mop the floors. They will walk around with silly looks on their faces for weeks.

    Bubba, you done near died and gone to heaven! We'll have some beer watin' for ya in the fridge on the front porch for when ya get back!

    February 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |

    Sarah is all class. she loves all americans!
    The notion that she is some sort of obsessive partisan is a media propagated myth.

    February 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |

    Sarah is awesome because she worked her way to the top with the little money she had , and not through some rich big wig family.

    February 25, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Steptoe


    February 25, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  24. Steptoe

    Sarah bashers are just Desperate at this point. lol

    February 25, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. lucy

    sarah palin is a very smart women. She has great Management skill, and gets people moving!

    February 25, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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