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HOUSTON (AP) - The incoming leader of the National Rifle Association has a penchant for bold statements that are sure to inflame an already explosive national debate over gun control.

James Porter assumes the presidency on Monday after the group's national convention wraps up in Houston. The Alabama attorney is currently first vice president of the NRA.

He told the NRA grass-roots organizers on Friday they are the front line of a "culture war" that goes beyond gun rights.

Porter has called President Barack Obama a "fake president," Attorney General Eric Holder "rabidly un-American" and the U.S. Civil War the "War of Northern Aggression."

The 64-year-old takes over the NRA as it finds itself in fights over gun control in Washington, D.C., and in state capitols.

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