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Shooting and Outdoor Convention moving ahead in Jacksonville

Next month, supporters of the Second Amendment will gather in Jacksonville for the Southeast Shooting and Outdoor Convention.

Spokesman Jon McGowan says despite the controversy in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Orlando, weapons manufacturers that produce the AR-15 will be on hand.

AR-15 manufacturers Remington, Bushmaster, DPMS, Adcor Defense, Nemo Arms and other sporting rifle manufacturers Heckler & Koch, Taurus, and Kel-tec will be participating in the 2016 outdoors show. We stand by these companies and will not waver in our commitment to all Second Amendment rights.”

In addition to the show, which will be held at the downtown Prime Osborn Convention Center, the convention will also feature a number of forums around the issue of gun rights, including one featuring state Rep. Paul Renner.

Also: “We have invited the Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate Seat vacated by Marco Rubio to participate in a forum on the Second Amendment, the red snapper ban, and other federal outdoor industry issues,” says McGowan.

The show kicks off Thursday, July 28 with a concert featuring country music artist Craig Morgan at the Florida Theatre, among other scheduled events.





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In addition to her work writing for Florida Politics, Melissa Ross also hosts and produces WJCT’s First Coast Connect, the Jacksonville NPR/PBS station’s flagship local call-in public affairs radio program. The show has won four national awards from Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). First Coast Connect was also recognized in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 as Best Local Radio Show by Folio Weekly’s “Best Of Jax” Readers Poll and Melissa has also been recognized as Folio Weekly’s Best Local Radio Personality. As executive producer of The 904: Shadow on the Sunshine State, Melissa and WJCT received an Emmy in the “Documentary” category at the 2011 Suncoast Emmy Awards. The 904 examined Jacksonville’s status as Florida’s murder capital. During her years in broadcast television, Melissa picked up three additional Emmys for news and feature reporting. Melissa came to WJCT in 2009 with 20 years of experience in broadcasting, including stints in Cincinnati, Chicago, Orlando and Jacksonville. Married with two children, Melissa is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism/Communications. She can be reached at

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