NRA Still Plans Theme Store For New York City

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:19 PM EDT

( - Despite opposition in many quarters, National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre said Wednesday the NRA continues to negotiate a lease for a "total shooting sports" theme store in New York City's Times Square. The NRA announced plans for such a store at its national convention in Charlotte, NC, last May.

"We are moving ahead with it. We are in negotiations. We kind of got that started by poking the fingers a little bit in the press and having some fun and actually I'm proud of this year in sports," LaPierre said in a question and answer session during a conference on gun ownership and crime on Capitol Hill. The project is part of the new NRA Sports division.

The NRA's theme store would be in the same area as the Disney Store, the All-Star Caf\'e9 and Loews movie theatre. At the time of the May announcement, an NRA spokesman said the theme store would be the "biggest presence in Times Square." Although the NRA will not release yet just what the exact location or the size of the planned store would be.

One of those opposing the NRA theme store is Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) who believes guns and Times Square are a "dangerous combination."