LOUISVILLE, Ky. (CBSMiami) — The National Rifle Association has announced their support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
The non-profit gun advocacy group’s executive director, Chris Cox, spoke Friday at the Kentucky NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.
“We have to unite, and we have to unite right now. So on behalf of the thousands of patriots in this room and the five million NRA members across this country, and the tens of millions who support us, I’m officially announcing the NRA’s endorsement of Donald Trump for president,” said Cox.
Cox went on to offer a suggestion for those whose first choice may not have been Trump.
“If your preferred candidate dropped out of the race, it’s time to get over it,” Cox told the audience.
Cox and the NRA’s executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, warned members that a Hillary Clinton administration would be detrimental for gun owners.
“You can kiss your guns goodbye,” said LaPierre.
Cox added that Clinton would put “a radical gun activist in Scalia’s seat as soon as she can.”
In 2000, Trump wrote that he supported a ban on assault weapons but since then, he has fallen in line with the NRA’s stance on guns.
During his campaign, he has proposed making it easier for Americans to carry guns, saying it could help prevent mass shootings and terrorist attacks.