North says he won’t serve second term as president of NRA

Sunday, 28 Apr, 2019

US President Donald Trump tosses a pen to the crowd after signing an executive order as he announces that the United States will drop out of the Arms Trade Treaty signed during the Obama administration during a speech at the National Rifle Association-Institute for Legislative Action's (NRA-ILA) 148th annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, US, April 26, 2019.

"This is yet another myopic decision that jeopardizes United States security based on false premises and fear-mongering", Menendez said.

Trump's action drew an immediate rebuke from some worldwide human rights groups.

"We believe in the wisdom of our founders, and we believe in the freedom of liberty and the right to keep and bear arms". "But not while we're here".

He said the United Nations (UN) would soon receive formal notice of his administration's decision to withdraw from the Arms Trade Treaty.

Another senior United States administration official said that the USA will consult allies in the coming days about the Trump administration's decision to leave the ATT.

After the standing ovation, Trump said of the treaty: "I'm impressed, I didn't think too many of you would know what it is. You better get out there and vote".

Ms Thornberry's intervention comes after Jeremy Corbyn said he will not attend a state banquet held for the USA president when he visits in June.

The Arms Trade Treaty regulates the global trade in conventional arms.

Gun control advocates reveled in the Game of Thrones-style dispute, considering it an inevitable result of financial troubles and citing polls showing Americans are growing increasingly fond of restricting access to firearms. Kris Brown, president of the Brady organisation, said it was a "reckless move" that will "only embolden terrorists and other risky actors around the world".

"And I didn't need a gun for that, did I?" he quipped, adding: "Spying. A disgrace. Spying. Surveillance trying for an overthrow".

He has symbolized the gun-rights movement for several years with his unwavering support of the Second Amendment.

He says, "This is particularly important in present times, when we witness growing worldwide tensions and renewed interest in expanding and modernizing arsenals".

But President Donald Trump has thrown his strong support to the group.

Thomas Countryman, a former State Department official who served as lead negotiator for the treaty under Obama, said the treaty, if ratified, would require no changes to USA laws or rules around guns. It's unclear how visible the NRA will be in 2020 after a series of mass shootings that has hardened public sentiment against gun violence.

Ackerman McQueen has been by the NRA's side for two decades and has crafted its aggressive messaging, including the "From my cold dead hands" line uttered by actor Charlton Heston in 2000 as he vowed to resist any effort to take away his guns.

Speaking previous year during the 2018 midterm campaign, the President delivered a speech reminiscent of his campaign rallies that touched on a range of base-pleasing topics and included an airing of grievances relating to the special counsel's investigation.

Instead, Mr Trump introduced a new federal regulation: a ban on bump stocks after a man using the device opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers on the Las Vegas strip, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds.