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Exhibitor Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Show hours and dates?

The Exhibit Hall hours are:

Friday, September 14 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday, September 15 - 10:00am to 6:00pm

Sunday, September 16 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Who can attend the NRA Carry Guard Expo?

The NRA Carry Guard Expo is open to the public for an admission fee which is good for all three days. NRA members can purchase tickets for a reduced admission fee. Non-members may join NRA on-site and gain free entry into the Expo.

Where is the NRA Carry Guard Expo located?

The 2018 NRA Carry Guard Expo is taking place at the Greater Richmond Convention Center:
403 N 3rd St
Richmond, VA 23219

How do I book my hotel?

The NRA has negotiated discounted hotel rates in the Richmond area, click here!

When are move-in dates and times?

Exhibitor move-in begins Wednesday, Sept. 12.

POV Access is on Thursday, Sept. 13: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 12 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Thursday, September 13 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

When are move-out dates and times?

Exhibitor move-out begins Sunday, Sept. 16 and ends Monday, Sept. 17.

Sunday, September 16 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m (POV access only)
Monday, September 17 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

What is provided with my booth?

  • Backwall Drape
  • Sidewall Drape
  • (1) Booth ID Sign
  • Facility Carpeted: No

How do I order badges?

Does my booth comply with the Rules and Regulations?

How do I secure my firearms overnight at the Show?

All firearms must be secured at night by either hiring overnight security, cabled and locked to the booth or taken to the Overnight Storage Room (located at the Exhibitor Services counter) in a lockable storage container.

What is the firearms display and safety policy?

To read our Firearms Display and Safety Policy, click here.

What if a non-official contractor contacts me? Can I use them?

Companies not selected by the NRA may reach out to you in order to solicit your business. This is happening most aggressively with housing companies. Please note that ConferenceDirect is our exclusive housing provider. If you provide your credit card information to any other unauthorized vendors, your card may be charged, but you may not have a reservation when you arrive in Richmond.

Who are the main contractors? What do they provide?

Global Experience Specialists (GES) is the Official Service Contractor for the Show, providing material handling, furniture rental, carpeting, labor and more.

The Convention Center provides electric, telephone and internet.

A full list of rental items and services is included in the Exhibitor Services Manual, which will be available June 14.

Questions for GES?

Please call them directly at 800-801-7648.

What is material handling?

Material Handling is the moving of materials from point A to point B. Whether your materials are sent in advance to the Service Contractor's warehouse or directly to Show site, they still need to get to your booth after the carrier drops them off. Paying for handling entitles you to have your freight brought to your booth from the loading dock, empty containers stored during the Show, empty containers returned to your booth at the close of the Show, and your freight carried back to the loading dock and loaded onto the carrier at the conclusion of the Show. Then you arrange for a carrier to pick up your exhibit materials for transport to the next destination. There is usually a 200 pound minimum per shipment charge for material handling.

Can I bring my booth materials using my personal vehicle?

Yes, you are able to drive your personal vehicle directly to a loading dock to unload during POV Move-in time (Thursday, September 13, 10:00am-2:00pm). You must be able to unload your vehicle within 20 minutes to qualify for this time.

Plan Your Stay

NRA Carry Guard Expo is your ultimate personal protection destination. Join us in Richmond, VA, for three action-packed days with the greatest firearms exhibitors and educators in the industry!

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NRA Carry Guard Expo

A 3-day educational and interactive experience dedicated to Individuals interested in increasing their knowledge and skills within personal protection, concealed carry and defense tactics.