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

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 Mason ReidAfter Dems stood against Pompeo, Senate’s confirmation process needs a revamp GOP poised to advance rules change to speed up Trump nominees Dems walk tightrope on Pompeo nomination 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 ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinRand's reversal advances Pompeo West Virginia GOP Senate candidate says he’d like to waterboard opioid dealers Overnight Health Care: Teen pregnancy program to focus on abstinence | Insurers warn against short-term health plan proposal | Trump VA pick faces tough sell 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 Ann AyotteAudit finds US Defense Department wasted hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars US sends A-10 squadron to Afghanistan for first time in three years No, the US did not spend million on a gas station in Afghanistan 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.