Pence to Address NRA Conference in May

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Vice President Mike Pence will be addressing the National Rifle Association's 147th annual legislative action conference next month in Dallas.

Pence's decision to attend the conference comes as gun control continues to be a major political topic following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., according to Politico. That attack in February killed 17 and led to nationwide protests, and the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred in Las Vegas last year.

The deadly shootings have made gun control a hot-button issue, but Pence and the Trump administration have remained broadly supportive of gun rights. They had the support of the NRA in the 2016 election and the group has continued to be an ally to the administration.

While President Donald Trump did express a willingness to examine certain gun control measures after the Parkland shooting, the White House has refrained from pushing gun control. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) has reviewed regulations on bump-fire stocks used in the Las Vegas shooting.

Pence will be joined by several other Republican politicians and personalities at the May 4 conference, including Gov. Greg Abbot (R., Texas), Sens. John Cornyn (R., Texas) and Ted Cruz (R., Texas), Rep. Richard Hudson (R., N.C.), and social-media personalities Diamond and Silk.

Cameron Cawthorne

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Cameron Cawthorne is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2013. Prior to joining Free Beacon, Cameron was a Legislative Assistant in the Virginia General Assembly and a War Room Analyst at America Rising.

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