The National Rifle Association has endorsed Donald Trump for president, despite skepticism over Trump's stance on guns in the past.
The endorsement came just before the presumptive Republican nominee for president addressed the annual NRA convention underway in Louisville, Ky.
Trump told the crowd, “The Second Amendment is at risk like never before,” and he praised the NRA, saying “The NRA has led the fight time and time again to protect our fundamental freedoms. This is an amazing group.”
Trump also said, “I’m going to put criminals behind bars and guarantee that law-abiding Americans have the right to self-defense, 100 percent.”
Trump was critical of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, stating he believes she will abolish the Second Amendment through the Supreme Court and release violent criminals if she is elected president.
Trump’s endorsement comes amid questions about his previous position on guns. In 2000, Trump said he supported the assault weapons ban as well as longer waiting periods to purchase a gun. In 2015 he had all but reversed all those opinions.