NRA members converge in Charlotte
Uptown Charlotte is packed this weekend with gun enthusiasts. The National Rifle Association's annual meeting is expected to draw 70,000 people to the Charlotte Convention Center and other venues Uptown. For Carl Hasler and his family, the convention is a mini-vacation. They drove up from Brunswick, Ga. "For us, it's about celebrating freedom, coming and experiencing all that the firearms community has to offer, new products we might be interested in and just being around like-minded individuals - people who cherish freedom just like we do," Hasler said. The convention includes big name political speakers. Sara Palin was Friday's headliner. "The anti-gun groups, they don't deal with common sense. They deal with that emotionalism and propaganda, and they deal in lies," Palin said. But it's also the site of 460 exhibits that include guns, ammo and firearm accessories galore. Then there's Lou Frutuoso of Connecticut Shotgun. He considers himself an art dealer of sorts. He points out the hand engraved art on a 28-gauge shotgun with black walnut stock. It can be yours for the tidy sum of $12,995. Glenn Beck is Saturday's keynote speaker. The convention wraps up Sunday.