DALLAS (CBSLA) — Oliver North is poised to become president of the National Rifle Association “within a few weeks”, the gun rights group announced Monday.

The process to name North as the NRA’s president was initiated Monday morning by the group’s board of directors.

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A retired Marine lieutenant colonel, North was convicted on three felony counts related to the Iran-contra affair during the Reagan administration, but the case was later dropped in federal court.

North went on to become a bestselling author and currently serves as a host on Fox News, a post from which he is expected to retire “effective immediately”.

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Lt. Colonel Oliver North speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center on May 4, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre called North “a true hero and warrior for freedom” and said the group’s members “are proud to stand with him.”

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“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” LaPierre said in a statement.