While hardly surprising, it is now official: the National Rifle Association has endorsed Donald Trump for president at today's convention. Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, made the endorsement immediately before Trump walked on stage ABC reports.
"Now is the time to unite. If your preferred candidate dropped out of the race, its time to get over it," Cox said earlier in his remarks.
The news of the endorsement came shortly before Trump addresses the group at their convention in Kentucky. Trump has spoken about his support of the Second Amendment regularly on the campaign trail and is a gun owner himself. Trump has spoken about guns regularly and has pledged to get rid of "gun-free zones" at schools and military bases.
"My first day, it gets signed, OK? My first day. There's no more gun-free zones," he said in January.
He has also cited gun control as being partly to blame for mass shootings like those in Paris and San Bernardino, arguing that the attackers could have been stopped more quickly if more bystanders had guns.
Trump's immediately response: the endorsement is a fantastic honor...
... and that he will not let the NRA down.