The head of the National Rifle Association was in the capital city for a fundraising dinner and auction Thursday night.
Governor Phil Bryant was there as well as House Speaker Phillip Gunn, who received a special award.
Wayne Lapierre, executive director of the NRA, says the money raised at this event supports the efforts of the Friends of the NRA program.
"The Friends program was set up to showcase and raise money for the safety, training, education, police training, competitions, all the great programs the NRA supports -- the Eddie Eagle child safety program, which has accidents one-tenth of what they were 10-15 years ago," Lapierre said.
Lapierre says half the money raised will go to Washington to pay for the programs, and half will stay in Mississippi.
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