July 13, 2024


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Mayor Turner, law enforcement agencies address safety, security during NRA convention at GRB

HOUSTON – A day before the NRA convention is set to place in Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Police Chief Troy Finner and Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena discussed public safety and security.

Turner said the lights at City Hall would reflect pink and blue all weekend in honor of the 21 lives lost during the devastating elementary school shooting in Uvalde.

Turner also addressed the planned protests that are expected to take place outside GRB during the duration of the convention. He said there will be a designated “protest zone.”

He said although there are concerns about canceling the convention, “we don’t have that luxury or option to cancel due to the convention being on the books for two years. He added that the city is contractually obligated to continue with its plans.

The NRA Convention is expected to include former President Donald Trump and Gov. Greg Abbott as guests. The convention is scheduled for May 27-29.


Houston police chief Troy Finner said officers will be everywhere during the conference, in all of the parking lots and common areas to help direct people to the correct areas.

“I call on our community… if you see something, say something,” Finner said.

He also added that HPD officers will monitor the other events happening this weekend such as graduations.

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