A caricature of President Donald Trump decorates the shirt of a convention-goer as he walks into the NRA annual convention where Trump is scheduled to speak later in the day in Atlanta, Friday, April 28, 2017. "She's totally for the Second Amendment", Trump said of the candidate. His message was simple: The Obama era is over and gun owners now have a "true friend" in the White House.
"In the next election, you're going to be swamped with candidates, but you're not going to be wasting your time", he said.
"Hillary Clinton wants to abolish the Second Amendment, not change it; she wants to abolish it", Trump said at the time, although Clinton had never made such claims.
And Trump touted Republican candidate Karen Handel, who is running in a closely watched June runoff election to represent a suburban Atlanta district once held by Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price.
A number of Republicans have distanced themselves from Trump's signature campaign promise.
Those who support more gun safety measures took aim at Trump's speech.
Trump recounted his administration's efforts to ease restrictions on gun owners, including the end of a ban on hunting with lead bullets in certain national parks.
"By the way, we will build the wall", Trump said when talking about how illegal border crossings are down.
Trump's visit to the group's 2017 Leadership Forum was the first by a sitting president since Ronald Reagan in 1983.
The endorsements didn't stop there: Trump praised Singer Lee Greenwood ("We're all very proud, indeed, to be an American."); Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, whose ouster was reported Friday ("Those people have been fantastic, they've been real friends."); Executive Vice President of the Federalist Society Leonard Leo ("They really helped us out."); Govs. Saturday marks Mr. Trump's 100th day in office. He backs making it easier to buy silencers, and has put his support behind an NRA-backed bill that would federalize concealed-carry rules, something now handled individually by states.
Yet despite November's stunning victory and all his accomplishments during the first 100 days of his administration, Trump warned that now is no time to let up in the fight for freedom and our right to keep and bear arms. "I promised that if elected, I would nominate a justice who would be faithful and loyal to the Constitution".
But Trump's chief accomplishment, in gun advocates' view, was his successful nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, which returned a conservative majority to the panel and opened the door for legal challenges to some restrictive gun laws in states around the country. But I am here to deliver you good news.
Although it's believed that he will get a mostly warm reception from the crowd, USA Today reported that Trump is expected to be greeted by some of his detractors in Atlanta - as in, protestors, mostly of the gun violence preventionadvocacy type. "We never wavered", NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre declared.