St. Louis, MO -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will tell National Rifle Association members that President Barack Obama isn't protecting gun owners' rights, even though the administration has said little about firearms and has deeply disappointed gun-control advocates.
In remarks prepared for delivery at the association's annual convention Friday in St. Louis, Romney will pledge to be a president who enforces current law and not create new burdens for lawful gun owners.
Romney's speech comes as he tries to woo conservative groups in a bid to consolidate his base before the fall campaign against Obama.
His relationship with gun owners is an uneasy one. Running for the Senate in 1994, Romney said: "I don't line up with the NRA." He later became a lifetime NRA member.
The campaign released excerpts of his speech.