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Trump first president since Ronald Reagan to speak at NRA convention

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When President Donald Trump attended the annual National Rifle Association convention in Atlanta on Friday, he became the first sitting president to do so since Ronald Reagan in May of 1983.

More than 80,000 people are expected to attend the conference throughout the weekend.

Throughout his campaign, Trump has vowed vigorously to defend the Second Amendment, planting himself squarely on the side of law-abiding gun owners and that got him an endorsement from the NRA.

Trump has said he has a permit to carry a gun in New York, and when he was a private citizen, he carried it often. He said one of the reasons he favors empowering law-abiding gun owners is because he believes they can help stop mass killings in the country.

After the police shootings in Dallas, Texas, he called himself the "law and order" candidate. When he won the presidency, in his first month in office, Trump reversed an executive order by former President Barack Obama, concerning background checks for the mentally ill. Republicans said Obama's rule could ensnare people who had mental health issues but were otherwise competent to own a gun. 

Trump's visit comes at a time when Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is considering signing the campus carry bill, which would allow people over the age of 21 with a weapons license to carry a concealed gun onto certain parts of college campuses. 

During most of the NRA event this weekend, people will be allowed to carry their firearms -- as long as they're legally allowed to do so -- but not during the president's speech. The Secret Service does not allow anyone but law enforcement officers to carry guns around the president.

After the NRA event, Trump attended a fundraiser for Georgia's District 6 Republican candidate Karen Handel. 

Meanwhile, Atlanta police say they're concerned about the number of guns that will be in the city this weekend, prompting them to beef up patrols.

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