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Trump says NRA gun lobby has 'friend' in White House

With the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court in safely conservative hands, the National Rifle Association is trading in their defensive posture of the last eight years for a renewed push for positive, Second Amendment-affirming policies that will broaden the gun rights of the American people.

This year's convention is the same celebration of gun rights But this year, the NRA is all but taking credit for putting Trump over the top.

"Freedom is not a gift from the government".

"You came through for me", Trump said speaking of the NRA's strong support for his campaign previous year.

Trump started his speech by issuing an endorsement of Karen Handel, the Republican competing for a seat in Georgia's sixth congressional district. "We never wavered", NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre declared.

Apparently, President Donald Trump is the first president since Ronald Reagan to directly speak to the National Rifle Association.

Washington Post reporter Matea Gold wrote a story titled "The first days inside Trump's White House: Fury, tumult and a reboot."; In a recent co...

In Georgia, republican governor Nathan Deal is expected to sign a bill permitting licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. His administration canceled an Obama-era ban on ammunition in some national parks.

NRA officials preceded Trump to the stage in Atlanta, defending their president and denouncing his Democratic critics.

No guns at a gun convention?

Trump was happy to tout those points, while declaring his allegiance to the hardline pro-gun group. "And she is not big on the NRA", Trump added, an apparent reference to Warren's support of gun-control measures.

At Friday's speech, Trump stressed their love of shooting.

The NRA was a huge ally to Trump during his rise past year, endorsing him earlier than it usually throws its support to candidates and spending huge sums to help boost him in some key states.

Trump wrapped up the address by thanking NRA members for their efforts during last fall's presidential election, where they and other gun owners were so instrumental in helping him defeat Clinton.

"We've already seen a 73 percent decrease, never happened before, in illegal immigration on the southern border since my election", Trump said. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said in a response from Senate Democrats. Chris Murphy to launch a tweetstorm Friday urging people to turn off the president's speech and reflect on victims of gun violence instead.

"What fun that was - November 8", he said.

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