The National Rifle Association this week elected Alabama attorney James Porter as its next president, according to reports.

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Former president David Keene’s two-year term will expire this week. Porter will be inaugurated at the NRA’s annual meeting, which begins Thursday in Houston.

“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 ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker MORE (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 ManchinJoe ManchinUnder pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Senate confirms Trump's pick for Israel ambassador MORE (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 AyotteKelly AyotteFEC commissioner to Trump: Prove voter fraud Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Lewandowski saw no evidence of voter fraud in New Hampshire MORE (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.