Attendees pass by a large banner advertising a handgun during the NRA convention at the Georgia World Congress Center on April 27 in Atlanta.
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ATLANTA — President Donald Trump returns to Georgia on Friday for the first time since his election with a whirlwind visit that includes a speech to the National Rifle Association’s convention in downtown Atlanta and a fundraiser for Republican Karen Handel’s campaign for Congress.
Scores of protesters are ready to welcome the president with demonstrations across town targeting the Republican’s embrace of the gun rights group and eager to remind him of the disparaging remarks he made in January about Atlanta.
Trump’s arrival comes at a fraught time. A day shy of the 100-day mark in his presidency, Trump faces sagging approval ratings and has few significant legislative accomplishments. His promise to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico is stalled, and his first stab at a health care overhaul failed. His executive orders on immigration are tied up in the courts.
His keynote address to the NRA — he will be the first sitting president to address the group since Ronald Reagan — also comes as Georgia wrestles with a controversial proposal to expand gun rights. Gov. Nathan Deal is considering legislation that would allow people with permits to carry concealed firearms on most parts of public college campuses.