LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The National Rifle Association may be close to bringing its annual convention back to Louisville.

The gun rights organization has verbally agreed to hold its 2022 meeting in Louisville, Jason Rittenberry, the president and CEO of Kentucky Venues, told the Kentucky State Fair Board's finance committee on Monday. The board is Kentucky Venues’ governing body.    

“I feel confident about that returning,” Rittenberry said.

If the convention does indeed return, the NRA would use space at the Kentucky Exposition Center and the downtown convention center currently under renovation, fair board spokeswoman Amanda Storment said.

It also used the KFC Yum! Center while meeting in Louisville in 2016, when the NRA endorsed Donald Trump in the U.S. presidential race.

The NRA also met previously in Louisville in 2008. The 2016 convention had an estimated $53 million economic impact on the Louisville area, according to the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The convention generated $621,000 for the fair board last year. The convention center is expected to re-open next June once a $180 million renovation is complete. 

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