The group's convention in Texas will attract a strongly pro-Trump crowd, officials said, giving the president room to take some swipes at his opponents, review his record in office and complain about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collusion between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation.
In addressing the gun lobbying group's annual convention, the Republican president will emphasize his support for gun rights in political terms, likely claiming again that Democrats want to take away Americans' firearms, a White House official said.
Diane Abbott, the opposition Labour Party's spokeswoman for home affairs, said she could "hardly see how violent crime in London justifies the licensing of guns in the US". "Thanks to your activism and dedication, you have an administration fighting to protect your Second Amendment". But this year's speech in Dallas came as the issue of gun violence takes on new urgency after one of the deadliest school shootings in United States history.
Former French president Francois Hollande and ex-prime minister Manuel Valls, who were in power at the time of the 2015 attacks, also expressed their outrage in separate statements.
The president was addressing the NRA gathering almost three months after a deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
Trump's full-throated support for the NRA appeared to soften somewhat in February, after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people.
Black Unemployment Rate at 6.6%, Sharply Above National Average
Which is to say that we need a lower unemployment rate than we used to for workers to have the bargaining power they did before. All this said, the 0.2 percent decline in America's unemployment rate between March and April isn't unambiguously good news.
"The quickest way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun", Pence said Friday, echoing a favorite NRA slogan. Gun control activists generally oppose that idea.
U.S. President Donald Trump sparked anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015, and linking a wave of knife crime in London to a handgun ban.
Trump stopped short of calling for universal background checks, though he endorsed a bill making improvements to the federal database used to screen would-be gun buyers.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders later said "the door isn't closed" for a White House push for raising the age of gun purchases, but added that Trump's focus is "pushing through things we know have broad support" in the Republican-controlled Congress.
"Law-abiding gun owners want to keep firearms out of the hands of those who pose a danger to themselves and to others", Trump said Friday.
"We are going to have to outlaw immediately all vans and all trucks, which are now the new form of death for the maniac terrorist", Trump said during his speech. "But we also resolve to confront this menace with all our strength".