(THE WRAP) — Television host and retired military man Oliver North has been named president of the National Rifle Association, the group announced on Monday.
“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.”
North won’t become president immediately but instead will take the helm at the conclusion of a formal process by the powerful lobbying group expected to take several weeks. He will replace outgoing president Pete Brownell, who declined to seek another term in order to spend more time with his family, according to a press release.