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NRA head to speak in Smithtown on Sunday

The head of the National Rifle Association will be on Long Island this weekend for a “Firearms Civil Rights” conference in Smithtown,

Wayne LaPierre Jr., executive vice president of the NRA, along with David Keene, the organization’s president-elect, will be among the guest speakers at the Sheraton Long Island hotel on Vanderbilt Motor Parkway.

The conference, hosted by the Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education in Commack, is open to all major party political candidates.

Among those scheduled to attend, according to information on the group’s website, is GOP Senate candidate Wendy Long, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in November. Program organizers did not respond to requests for comment on other political attendees.

 A flyer for the event encourages political candidates to attend and listen to the concerns of firearms owners.

“This is the one time in a year we ask all candidates to simply sit down, be quiet and listen to the gun owners,” the flyer reads. “It is said all elections are local and this will be the only opportunity you will get to mingle with almost 1,000 lawful firearms owners and voters on Long Island at one time. It really is in your own best interest to attend and learn what these people think and mingle with them.”

 Admission is free. Doors open at noon and the event goes from 1 to 4 p.m.

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