Trump to address NRA conference in late April

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE will deliver a speech later this month at the National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual meeting, the organization announced Friday.

Trump will travel to Indianapolis on April 26 for the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action's Leadership Forum. It marks Trump's fifth consecutive year speaking to the annual confab of Second Amendment advocates, and his third time doing so as president.

"Donald Trump is the most enthusiastic supporter of the Second Amendment to occupy the Oval Office in our lifetimes," Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA's lobbying arm, said in a statement.


"President Trump’s Supreme Court appointments ensure that the Second Amendment will be respected for generations to come," he added. "Our members are excited to hear him speak and thank him for his support for our Right to Keep and Bear Arms.”

Trump has been a staunch supporter of the NRA dating back to before his time in office. He has earned the support of NRA members with his nominations of conservative judges and his pledges to protect the Second Amendment.

The president vowed in the wake of a February 2018 shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school that he would take action to curb gun violence. At one point, he accused a GOP senator of fearing the NRA.

Trump did not back universal background checks or increasing the age requirements to purchase firearms, instead unveiling a series of proposals to improve school safety. The White House disputed the characterization that Trump "chickened out" in the face of pressure from the NRA.

Democrats in recent weeks have raised questions over whether the pro-gun group violated campaign finance laws by coordinating communications with Trump's 2016 campaign and other GOP campaigns. The group has also come under scrutiny for its connections to Russian nationals.