NRA Eyes Portland For 2007 National Convention

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    NRA Eyes Portland For 2007 National Convention

    Organization Pulls Out Of Columbus

    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The National Rifle Association is pulling its 2007 national convention out of Columbus because of the city's ban on assault weapons.
    That could land the three-day convention and 60,000 people in Portland. Portland and Reno were the two other cities the NRA was considering.

    Columbus passed a ban this month on the sale or possession of semiautomatic rifles with pistol grips and detachable magazines. Columbus councilman Michael Mentel said the NRA knew when it scheduled the convention that the city was considering the ban and used the Columbus law to seek publicity.

    Federal lawsuits have overturned two previous attempts by Columbus to ban assault weapons.

    The convention was expected to generate up to $20 million for city businesses.

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