NRA to get new president
David Keene (pictured), the outgoing NRA president, will be replaced by Alabama attorney Jim Porter.
May 1st, 2013
06:00 PM ET
9 years ago

NRA to get new president

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association is getting a new president, the organization confirmed Wednesday.

As part of its formal rotation, Alabama attorney Jim Porter will take the top spot beginning Monday, replacing current President David Keene, whose two-year term concludes this week at the NRA's annual meeting in Houston.

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The Washington Times first reported the story.

While Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre is widely known as the face of the NRA, Keene had an active role in publicity and media appearances, especially in the wake of the Newtown elementary school massacre that left 26 people dead.

Porter has been serving as the NRA's first vice president, and before that he served as the group's second vice president. The presidency, an unpaid position, is the next stop in the NRA's leadership rotation.

The NRA is in Porter's blood, as his father, Irvine Porter, served as president from 1959-1960.

Porter takes on the new high-profile role as the NRA has revamped efforts to combat gun control efforts on Capitol Hill. While gun control opponents claimed victory after the Senate rejected certain proposals from moving forward last month, President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have vowed to continue pushing for tougher gun laws.

- CNN's Jim Acosta and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Carl Carlson

    Jim Porter is a well-regarded practicing attorney. He will be great in this role, and the NRA will benefit from him. (I'll forgive the fact of his Southern drawl.)

    May 1, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Alabama attorney Jim Porter ,

    Is this the guy Dick Cheney filled full of buckshot ?

    Oh , that was an attorney from Texas .

    May 1, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Martin


    go all the way with the NRA!!

    May 1, 2013 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. rs

    Cut to the chase CNN, is THIS guy sane? It would be a pleasant change if someone in the NRA made sense.

    May 1, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. sally-ann

    NRA are criminals.

    May 1, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Nauman

    One blockhead, is like all other blockheads. Any resemblance to a thinking, feeling human being is purely coincidental.

    May 1, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Bob

    A new nutjob, just like the old nutjob.

    May 1, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  8. Burt prez. Here's a question for you. In the recent tragic events (which is one of many lately) in Kentucky where a 5 YEAR OLD who got a rifle for his B-day then killed his 2 YEAR OLD sibling cuz mom (maybe) stepped out for a smoke...does this fall under the second ammendment? Now where I come from, THIS WOULD BE A CRIME! Having a loaded weapon at easy access to a child is not an unfortunate accident but A CRIME! The gun culture has run amok in the US. The rifle should had been unloaded and under lock and key! Not to mention...A FIVE YEAR OLD? Does your organization condone arming FIVE YEAR OLDS? Does the second ammendment condone this as well? Or are you going to suggest we have armed guards in everyone's homes now? When will common sense prevail? I own weapons but never would I put one in the hands of a child! Again...common sense! But...we wouldn't want the government to make laws against this would we...that would be taking away our freedoms. What? Freedom to die because of absolute stupidity? My heart truly goes out to the parents, being one myself! But I wonder if they now regret thier beliefs in the second ammendment? Love to hear your reply!

    May 1, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  9. Long Time Liberal

    Not all people live in the inner cities.

    The 2nd amendment shold never be infringed upon.

    May 1, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  10. Burt

    Just one more the officer in charge. Are you kidding me? An unfortunate accident because giving kindergarten kids a loaded rifle in your part of the country is normal? How did this particular incident work out for ya...and the parents? Your comment was so blaze'. THIS IS NOT CLOSE TO BEING NORMAL! Again...Mister president...I await your reply!

    May 1, 2013 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Elder

    Here's an idea, whose time has come: Tough back round checks for all registered republicans. Seems the more radical among this group, believes that to hold an entire country hostage is just fine. They have the idea that they, and they alone are the keepers of the flame of liberty and freedom. They may think this, but they have a somewhat skewed view or reality. The extreme right wing seems to believe that if they are not allowed their way on issues, they have the right to become violent and disruptive. They are wrong on all counts.

    May 1, 2013 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  12. Grinning Libber

    Lock him up

    May 1, 2013 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein

    I don't think that will help the situation in any way.

    May 1, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    They are selling murder.

    May 1, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  15. Just a thought

    what? another wart covered toad to lead the Gun Huggers cry for FreDUMB

    May 1, 2013 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  16. Jack

    I hope that he is more reasonable than LaPee, but I doubt it!

    May 1, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. stick it

    Rock on! Keep up the good fight! No liberties for those that want to take away liberties f em! Lets make sure the 1.5 million babies a year that die in abortion clinics have some liberty

    May 1, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Dan5404

    Too bad they don't retire LaPierre to his padded cell.

    May 1, 2013 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  19. nadsgf

    God bless the NRA.

    May 2, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  20. Cephus

    Dude need another pair of glasses

    May 2, 2013 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  21. Marie MD

    Goodie, another useless piece of human scum running the club for 4 million who have more power than the rest of the population of the US.

    May 2, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |