Austin - The incoming president of the National Rifle Association is warning its members they are fighting a "culture war" that goes beyond gun rights.
James Porter, currently the organisation's first vice president, will take over the top job as head of the nation's largest gun lobby on Monday.
He spoke on Friday at the NRA's national convention in Houston.
In a short speech to a grass-roots organising meeting, Porter said NRA members are the nation's "fighters for freedom."
The NRA's convention comes just two weeks after its major victory over President Barack Obama in defeating a US Senate vote over a major gun control bill.