WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump says gun owners should get ready to vote for Republicans.
He told the National Rifle Association (NRA) Friday that his political opponents “want to take away your guns. You better get out there and vote.”
He spoke at the gun rights group’s annual convention for the third year in a row.
The event comes as longtime observers say the group is at its weakest moment in memory, due to serious infighting, financial issues and shifting public sentiment after a series of mass shootings.
Trump said the 2020 presidential and congressional elections are around the corner.
“It seems like it’s a long ways away. It’s not,” he said.
The president also announced at the convention that the U.S. has decided to withdraw its support for a treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.
Trump said Friday that he has decided to revoke the United States’ status as a signatory of the Arms Trade Treaty regulating international trade in conventional weapons, including small arms, battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships.
He says America is “rejecting this treaty” and “taking our signature back.”
The NRA claims the treaty poses a threat to the Second Amendment.