GOP presidential hopefuls flocking to Nashville for April NRA convention

Nearly every Republican presidential hopeful will be in Nashville on the same day next month to speak at a National Rifle Association gathering, reports The Tennessean.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are confirmed speakers at the NRA’s Leadership Forum on April 10 as part of the NRA’s Annual Meeting.

They will be joined by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre and NRA-Institute for Legislative Action Executive Director Chris Cox.

The annual NRA convention is set for Nashville’s Music City Center from April 10 through April 12. The event was originally expected to draw 48,000 visitors when it was announced in 2010. Updated projections are more than 70,000 attendees. That will make it Nashville’s largest-ever convention and largest to date inside Music City Center, a $623 million municipal-financed project pushed by Mayor Karl Dean that opened in 2013.