Jim Porter to take NRA reigns as David Keene's two-year term comes to close Monday
Houston, Texas - The 2013 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits President David Keene's last as his two-year term expires at the end of the weekend.
The 2013 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits will be the last for President David Keene. Not the last he shall attend, but his last as President. Keene's two-year term will expire at the NRA Board of Director's Meeting on Monday.
Taking over for Keene will be current NRA's First Vice President, Birmingham, Alabama attorney James W. Porter II. A longtime NRA Board member and Second Amendment activist, Porter has accomplished immeasurable good for the Second Amendment and the NRA. He also has a bit of a competitive shooting background.
During the Long Range High Power Championships at Camp Perry, he's been known to say, "people ask me if I am as good a shot as my dad was. I say no, but I can pull targets better than anybody."
Until then, this afternoon's Annual Meeting of Members allows NRA leadership informs the constituency of the organization's latest news and business. During the session, Porter spoke to the crowd before introducing NRA President Keene.
"Our family encompasses tens of millions of Americans... you, me, our friends, neighbors, coworkers, colleagues, our family and the larger family of patriots," Porter said. "... we must support friends who support our cause."
Porter continues a family legacy of strong involvement the organization. His father, Irvine Porter, headed the NRA from 1959-1961.
He mentioned the millions of Americans who are becoming first-time gun owners, a trend that has seen greatly increased popularity of NRA training and competitive shooting programs in its wake.
"If every one of us enlists and recruits just one person we will be that much stronger," Porter continued.
As he began introducing the next speaker, president Keene, Porter said that "leaders are definied by the principles they hold dear and by their determination to use every ounce of energy, intellect and wit to protect what's right... Mark Twain famously said it's a worthy thing to fight for one's freedom; it's another sight finer to fight for another man's. That would be David Keene's finest legacy."