National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre at the group’s annual meeting in Dallas in May 2018. A secretive figure, LaPierre makes few public appearances outside of carefully scripted speeches.

Wayne LaPierre, chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association (NRA), stands on stage after arriving for the meeting of members at the NRA annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, U.S., on Saturday, May 5, 2018. President Donald Trump delivered a strong sign of support for the National Rifle Association at its annual meeting on Friday, as gun-rights advocates regroup in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images