Trump expected to speak at NRA meeting in Dallas

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President Trump is expected to speak at the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) annual meeting this week, a White House official confirmed Sunday.

The NRA’s annual meeting will take place May 3-6 in Dallas. Vice President Pence is scheduled to speak there on Friday.

Trump has delivered remarks at each of the past two annual meetings for the gun rights group.

{mosads}CNN first reported on Trump’s planned appearance at the annual meeting.

The speech will come nearly two months after the Trump administration unveiled a series of proposals on school safety and gun restrictions in response to a Feb. 14 shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. 

Trump has faced pressure from gun safety advocates and Democratic lawmakers to champion gun law reforms following that shooting, which left 17 people dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Trump initially voiced support for universal background checks and raising the age limit on certain gun purchases. However, neither was addressed in his administration’s proposal.

The White House denied that the president had “chickened out” in the face of pressure from the NRA, which met with the president and opposed gun law reforms.

— Updated at 9:42 p.m.

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