Secret Service bans guns for Trump speech at annual NRA summit in open-carry Texas

Trump's speech will take place in Houston, days after a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school

Updated: May 26, 2022 - 10:29am

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Firearms will be banned during former President Trump's speech Friday at the National Rifle Association's annual summit, this year in open-carry state Texas. 

Attendees will be prohibited from carrying their weapons during the address that Trump is set to deliver in Houston four days after 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting in Ulveda, Texas, according to NPR.com.

The NRA says the Secret Service made the decision about the ban, which also prevents speech attendees from bringing knives, laser pointers, pepper spray, toy guns and backpacks. 

In 2021, Texas passed a law that allows for adults in the state to have handgun in a public places without a permit, with some exceptions including a felony conviction.

Summit attendees also will scanned by Secret Service agents with metal-detecting magnetometers before entering the speech venue.

The Secret Service is granted the authority to prevent firearms from "entering sites visited by our protectees, including those located in open-carry states," according to the agency.

This isn't the first time firearms have been off-limits at the NRA's annual convention. A similar ban was imposed in 2018 during a speech by then-Vice President Mike Pence, National Public Radio also reports.