Trump To Be First President To Speak At NRA Forum Since Reagan
The last time an American President spoke during the event was in 1983
President Donald Trump will speak to the NRA’s 2017 Leadership Forum in Atlanta on April 28. No presidents have spoken at the NRA Annual Meetings since Ronald Reagan did in 1983, Bloomberg reported.
On May 20, 2016, during the 2016 Annual Meetings in Louisville, Kentucky, the NRA endorsed Trump. Since, the NRA has campaigned for the current president, who has pledged that he will work with the NRA to protect the Second Amendment. The NRA fully supported Trump throughout his Presidential Campaign.
Trump will speak to the NRA exactly two months after he signed a repeal of Barack Obama’s Social Security gun ban. Obama’s bill allowed the Social Security Administration to strip beneficiaries of the Second Amendment rights without due process. It was also two months prior to Trump’s Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, ended an Obama-era ban against using lead ammunition on federal lands.
Behind the scenes, the Trump administration has been cutting some of the other Obama-era gun controls by narrowing the definition of “fugitive” to allow more individuals to qualify for gun permits rather than being denied because they are included in a fugitive database.
Thus far, many argue that Trump’s greatest contribution to preserving the Second Amendment was nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court and securing his confirmation. These actions all follow Trump’s promise to use SCOTUS to save the Second Amendment from “people like Hillary Clinton.”