May 20, 2016 11:57 AM EDT

Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump will address the National Rifle Association (NRA) Friday afternoon at its annual conference.

Trump has been inconsistent in his positions on gun control from before and after he became a presidential candidate. In his book The America We Deserve from 2000, Trump wrote that he supported a ban on assault weapons and a longer waiting period to purchase a gun, ABC reports.

But the businessman has tacked far to the right during his run for president, saying he would end gun-free zones and often saying that terror attacks like the ones in San Bernardino or Paris could have been prevented if the civilians were armed.

In his Friday speech, Trump will likely continue boosting the Second Amendment to reassure the crowd and cast himself as tough on terrorism.


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