Washington, D.C. — Lt. Col. Oliver North will soon be named the new president of the National Rifle Association of America, the group announced Monday.
North, who served 22 years as a Marine and was part of the National Security Council staff during the Reagan administration, will be retiring from his role current role as commentator at Fox News.
The NRA’s selection of North as president follows the recent announcement by current NRA president Pete Brownell that he would not be seeking a second term.
“I am honored to have been selected by the NRA Board to soon serve as this great organization’s President,” North said Monday in a statement. “I appreciate the board initiating a process that affords me a few weeks to set my affairs in order, and I am eager to hit the ground running as the new NRA President.”
“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre said of North in a press release confirming the decision. “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.”