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Dallas Official Calls On NRA To Relocate Its May Convention

Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center

In light of the recent school shooting in Florida, a top elected official in Dallas is asking the NRA to hold its convention elsewhere this spring.

Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway told reporters Monday that the nation’s largest gun lobby will face "marches and demonstrations" if it holds its event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas the first week in May.

He says the NRA has a responsibility to help establish gun laws that prevent mass shootings.

"It is putting all citizens first and getting them to come to the table — and elected officials to come to the table — and to address this madness now," he said.

A spokeswoman for Mayor Mike Rawlings says Caraway is entitled to his opinion, but a contract was signed in 2012 allowing the NRA to use the city's convention center.

An NRA spokesman says the group won't consider moving elsewhere and that it already is in Dallas in the form of numerous members in the region.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.