Thursday begins the weekend long event of the 45th Annual Meeting of the National Rifle Association in Louisville, Kentucky, and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is expected to give a speech on pro-2nd Amendment rights and how to counter federal government gun control. The event will be held at the Kentucky Exhibition Center and is anticipating bringing nearly 70,000 attendants from Thursday to Sunday.
While Trump’s speech will be pro-gun, this is an evident shift from his previous stance. “I generally oppose gun control, but I support the ban on assault weapons and I also support a slightly longer waiting period to purchase a gun,” wrote Trump in his 2000 book The America We Deserve. Now, as Trump gains momentum for the Republican nomination with becoming the voice of the party and possibly the nation, Trump stands firm on his belief the Second Amendment should stay how it is.
“The Second Amendment to our Constitution is clear,” says Trump on his website. “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed upon. Period. Gun and magazine bans are a total failure.” Rather than impose restrictions on gun-owning citizens who obey the law, he wants to extend and enhance prison sentences of those who commit violent gun-based criminal actions.
Trump is expected to give his speech on Friday to all those attending, which includes some famous GOP faces such as Senators Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Governors Matt Bevin and Mike Pence, and of course, House Speaker Paul Ryan.