The president-elect has chosen former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve as chair of the National Rifle Assn.
to oversee gun safety and mental health policy, according to a White House announcement late Thursday.
Bloomberg, a longtime advocate for gun control, will also serve as a consultant for the organization.
Bloomberg, who has also said he supports more gun control measures, has served on the National Governors Association, a bipartisan group of governors that has been at the forefront of pushing for more gun controls, and is the former mayor of New York’s embattled financial district.
Bloomberg also was a top executive in the industry before joining the Trump administration.
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn., shooting, Bloomberg issued a statement that urged gun owners to keep their guns safely and to consider alternatives to guns.
“There is no place for gun violence in our communities,” Bloomberg said in the statement.
“The only way to stop it is to be better and more vigilant.
The only way we can do that is to end the epidemic of gun violence and to take meaningful action to stop the next tragedy.”
Bloomberg has said that he hopes to work with other prominent gun owners and lobby groups in order to make sure that the National Guard and National Rifle association can continue to be an effective force against gun violence.
“I hope that my role as a gun owner, my role in advocacy for gun owners, can help me help the NRA,” he told Bloomberg News in January.