Alabama attorney Jim Porter will be the new president of the National Rifle Association, CNN confirmed Wednesday.
Porter is set to take over for outgoing president David Keene on Monday, when his two-year term expires. The leadership change coincides with the NRA's annual meeting, which kicks off Thursday in Houston, Texas.
"At this stage in the NRA's history, Jim Porter will be the perfect match for president," Keene told the Washington Times' Emily Miller, who first reported the news. "As we are likely to win most of the legislative battles in Congress, we will have to move to courts to undo the restrictions placed on gun owners’ rights in New York, Connecticut, Maryland and Colorado."
Porter currently serves as the NRA's first vice president, as well as the chairman of the group's Legal Affairs Committee. He has also served as a founding member and president of the NRA Foundation Board of Trustees. His father, Irvine Porter, headed the organization from 1959 to 1961.
Porter is assuming his new role as the NRA finds itself at the forefront of the national debate on gun control. However, the Washington Times reports that the new president is likely to remain out of the spotlight, with Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre maintaining his role as the NRA's most visible spokesman.