The National Rifle Association this week elected Alabama attorney James Porter as its next president, according to reports.
“At this stage in the NRA’s history, Jim Porter will be the perfect match for president,” Keene told the Washington Times in an interview. “As we are likely to win most of the legislative battles in Congress, we will have to move to courts to undo the restrictions placed on gun owners’ rights in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Colorado.”
Porter has been on the board of the NRA for more than 20 years and headed the group’s legal affairs committee. Executive vice president Wayne LaPierre will likely remain the NRA’s most prominent spokesman.
The announcement comes at a critical point for Second Amendment enthusiasts and gun control advocates alike.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) pulled a comprehensive reform package after a measure to expand background checks failed to get the 60 votes it needed to move forward.
However, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who co-authored the background checks bill with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), has said he is working behind the scenes to revive the legislation.
Some of those who voted against the bill have suffered in the polls for their position, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) this week was confronted by a relative of a victim of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The incident, which left 26 dead, including 20 children, sparked a renewed debate on the nation's gun laws, with President Obama vowing to make gun control a second term priority.