At NRA Conference, Trump Bathes Audience In Conservative Shout-Outs

For the first time in 34 years Friday, a sitting US president attended and addressed the annual convention of the National Rifle Association in Atlanta.

"I have a feeling that in the next election you're going to be swamped with candidates, but you're not going to be wasting your time", he told the group. The last active president to give remarks to the NRA was Ronald Reagan. "No longer will the government be trying to undermine your rights and freedoms as Americans", Trump said.

At the annual NRA Liberty convention last week, President Trump reassured attendees that they didn't need to worry about the federal government infringing on gun rights.

The president's trip to Atlanta also will serve as his first foray into a congressional race since taking office.

"I couldn't be more excited to be working with President Trump", Strange said.

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"We all took an oath to preserve and protect the Constitution of the United States, and that means defending the 2nd Amendment".

Donald Trump has addressed the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association - telling the powerful gun lobby it has "a true friend and champion in the White House". "Don't even think about it", Trump said. "We're in the safest place right now", said Mark D. Swinson, an NRA-certified instructor who with his wife owns a company that provides firearms training.

Thanking gun owners for their support and get-out-the-vote efforts, Trump also spoke warmly of Election Day - "wasn't that a great evening?" he said at one point - and hit frequent campaign themes like an "America First" trade policy and the slogan "Make America Great Again".

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Trump's appearance in Atlanta sparked protests from people advocating for stricter gun control measures.

Trump's close relationship with the NRA is alarming to advocates of gun control, who see it as leading to a unsafe era.

In November 2016, NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre told members that their organization would collect on Trump's campaign promises. The President is set to hold a closed-door fundraiser for her later on Friday, and accused her opponent Democrat Jon Ossoff, of wanting "open borders, lots of crime'".

Speaking to a cheering crowd of NRA members in Atlanta, Trump said "it may be Pocahontas" who seeks the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

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