Top Stories: Recapping NRA Convention In Dallas; Theater Group Escorted Out Of Conference | KERA News

Top Stories: Recapping NRA Convention In Dallas; Theater Group Escorted Out Of Conference

May 7, 2018

The top local stories this evening from KERA News: 

The National Rifle Association has announced that retired Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North is poised to become the gun lobbying group's next president. North will be replacing Pete Brownell, who decided not to seek a second term.

The news comes just after tens of thousands of people packed downtown Dallas for the NRA's convention over the weekend. The meeting drew hundreds of firearms and gun-related vendors, along with politicians – from President Donald Trump to Gov. Greg Abbott. Investigative reporter Alain Stephens talked with Texas Standard host David Brown about the convention, and what it may tell us about the future of the gun debate.

Other stories this evening:

  • The teenage members of the Cry Havoc theater troupe became NRA members so they could attend last weekend's convention. They wanted to interview gun owners for a play they're creating, and the group spent Friday and Saturday doing just that. But on Sunday, as Art&Seek's Jerome Weeks reports, they were escorted out of the convention center by police.

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