The White House confirmed that President Donald Trump will address the National Rifle Association (NRA) at its annual convention in Dallas, TX, this week.
Both President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence plan to speak at the annual event on Friday, May 4. The prominent gun rights lobbying group's event will take place from May 3 through May 6.
Although Trump addressed the NRA at its convention for the past four years, this year's gathering comes amid new calls for stronger gun control laws in the United States after a rash of mass shootings in the country, according to CNN.
Ironically, USA Today reported that the NRA actually banned guns during the event as a safety measure. This step drew plenty of criticism from gun control advocates who believe that stricter gun laws should restrict guns in many areas throughout the U.S. including schools, churches, and other public places.
Of course, the reason for the weapons ban at the NRA event is because the Secret Service is in charge of security due to the presence of both the president and vice president, which means no weapons of any kind, including guns or gun accessories, are allowed. In this instance, the definition of weapons even includes selfie sticks and laser pointers, which find themselves on the banned items list.