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Trump in Atlanta: When you ban guns, only criminals will be armed

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President Donald Trump reassured members of his voter base that he wouldn't be coming for their guns during a rally at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Atlanta on Friday.

Trump, preceded by NRA President Wayne LaPierre and followed by Florida Governor Rick Scott, took time at the beginning of his speech to congratulate his campaign on the electoral college victory in the November 2016 election.

"Only one candidate in the general election came to speak to you, and that candidate is now the president of the United States," Trump said during the 30-minute speech.

The Secret Service announced Thursday that no guns will be allowed during the speech, though meeting attendees were allowed to carry their guns during other portions of the event. Federal law gives them the authority to make the decision even in states like Georgia, that allow people to openly carry guns.

"As your president, I will never, ever infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Never, ever." Trump said, also promising that federal agencies would "no longer be coming after law-abiding gun owners."

Trump also took the time to speak on the contentious runoff for the District 6 Congressional seat vacated by his Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price. Trump has endorsed Republican Karen Handel for the seat and reiterated that promise Friday. After the speech, the president's agenda indicated he would attend a fundraiser for Handel.

NRA Convention

President Trump will be one of many high-profile speakers expected to attend the convention, including: 

  • NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre
  • NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox
  • U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
  • U.S. Senator David Perdue
  • Congressman Clay Higgins
  • Florida Governor Rick Scott
  • Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt
  • Lt. Col. Allen West (Ret.)

The NRA's annual meeting, which began Thursday, is expected to attract 80,000 people at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Protestors are also expected in Atlanta for the president's visit. Several organizations are planning a "die-in" at Woodruff Park on Edgewood Avenue in downtown Atlanta. One of the participating groups is the Georgia Alliance for Social Justice. 

Attendees say they'll advocate for common sense policies to reduce gun violence. The protest starts at 11:30 a.m.

Handel fundraiser 

After the convention, President Trump is expected to help Handel raise money during a fundraiser. The location of the fundraiser has not been announced.

Handel and Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff will face-off in a special runoff election on June 20.

Both candidates have spent a lot of money on their campaigns, burning through nearly $14 million. According to New York Magazine, the race is close to becoming the most expensive house race ever. 

The 2012 election in Florida's 18th congressional district holds the record as Republican Allen West and Democrat Patrick Murphy together spent almost $30 million. Murphy eventually won the seat.

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