President Donald Trump will speak at the National Rifle Association’s 146th annual meeting in Indianapolis, the lobby group announced in early April.
The speech will address member’s of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, the political arm of the lobby group that focuses on gun control in individual states as well as at the national level. This will be President Trump’s third consecutive time speaking at the event.
NRA leaders are enthusiastic about the news, calling Trump the most ardent defender of the Second Amendment to hold office in a very long time.
“Donald Trump is the most enthusiastic supporter of the Second Amendment to occupy the Oval Office in our lifetimes. It is truly an honor to have President Trump address NRA members for the fifth consecutive year,” NRA-ILA Director Chris Cox said in a press release. “President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments ensure that the Second Amendment will be respected for generations to come. Our members are excited to hear him speak and thank him for his support for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”
While Trump himself has gone back and forth on the topic of gun control in the past, his record on the Second Amendment as president has been warmly received by most conservative Americans. Earlier in his term, he broke with some gun rights activists when he agreed to a bump stock ban following a mass shooting at a country music festival in Los Angeles. The NRA has backed the president’s position.
Gun rights are sure to be a tense topic as the election season heats up in 2020. Aside from the bump stock ban, President Trump has taken a firmly conservative stance on the Second Amendment, and often blasts his Democratic opponents for pushing for harsher rules.
President Trump has made prospects of the Second Amendment safer by nominating two conservative Supreme Court Justices during his first term in office. The high court is set to hear its first gun-related case in over a decade as a New York-based group sues over the city’s requirements to purchase a second license to transport legally-purchased firearms. The group contends that the law is an unconstitutional burden on the right to keep and bare arms.
~ Ready to Fire News