More than a half dozen potential Republican candidates for president will speak at the National Rifle Association's (NRA) annual convention next month.
The NRA released the list of speakers, which could grow ahead of the April 10-12 NRA-ILA Leadership Forum
, on its website. ILA is the abbreviation for the Institute for Legislative Action.
Among the confirmed speakers are NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and NRA-ILA executive director Chris Cox, along with seven prominent Republican lawmakers. They are Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Indiana Gov. Mike Pence; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry; former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania; and U.S. Sen. Rick Cruz of Texas.
All seven of the lawmakers mentioned above are on a lengthy list of Republicans who are considering a run for the Oval Office next year.
The convention will take place in Nashville.
"The annual NRA-ILA Leadership Forum is one of the most popular and highly anticipated political gatherings in America," reads a message on the NRA's website. "Join NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox, and our nation's top Second Amendment leaders in government, the media, and the entertainment industry, as we build our battle plan for defending freedom and defeating Barack Obama's gun control agenda."
A report in The Tennessean
says more than 70,000 people are expected to attend the three-day event, which would make it the largest convention in the history of Nashville.
A likely topic that could be discussed would be a recent proposal that would ban a type of ammunition
used in AR-15 assault rifles.
For the seven Republican lawmakers, the event will serve to gauge how the NRA membership feels about them as they contemplate running for the presidency. And it will provide a stage from which to promote their position on guns in the U.S.
In January, sports commentator Bryant Gumbel called the NRA "pigs."
"I think they're pigs. I think they don't care about human life," Gumbel said.
"There are few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape."
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.