Alabama Sen. Luther Strange is among a handful of elected officials, including President Donald Trump, scheduled to speak Friday at the NRA's annual meeting in Atlanta.
"As a gun owner and sportsman, I am proud to join NRA members from across the country to make the voice of liberty heard," Strange said in a statement. "At long last, we have a president who understands that our right to bear arms is the last defense against tyranny, and will treat it with solemn respect. The second amendment reflects the brilliance of our founders, who knew that no right is guaranteed unless we are willing to fight for it, and I remain committed to fighting for the rights of lawful gun owners as the senator for Alabama."
The NRA's annual meeting, also known as the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum, starts at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Atlanta. Besides Strange and Trump, other speakers include Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Strange was appointed to the Senate seat in January by ex-Gov. Robert Bentley after Jeff Sessions accepted Trump's offer to be attorney general.
After his appointment, Strange announced that he would be a candidate to fill the remaining portion of Sessions' term. Bentley originally announced the special election for 2018, but Gov. Kay Ivey reversed that decision and called the election for this year.