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February 15, 2014

Indy prepares to host 70,000 for NRA convention

City plays guessing game as to how visitors will spend time, money.

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Indianapolis leaders spent about a decade working to land the convention despite the group's critics.

City officials say they are prepared for the possibility of demonstrators surrounding the convention center.

Marc Lotter, spokesman for Mayor Greg Ballard, said city officials will work to keep everyone safe but won't inhibit anyone's right to free speech.

"We respect their First Amendment rights and we'd expect that they would respect our First and Second Amendment rights," Arulanandam said.

Hoops, the Visit Indy CEO, said Indianapolis is happy to have the group.

"We're not a political organization. We try to stay as neutral as possible and focus instead on scoring the biggest economic impact we can," he said.

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Information from: Indianapolis Business Journal, http://www.ibj.com

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