History of the National Rifle Association and Guns
The NRA, or National Rifle Association, is an American non-profit organization originally established in 1871 in New York that helps to protect gun owners and ensure they are able to exercise their right to bear arms. According to the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights, citizens are afforded the right to purchase and own guns. The NRA also focuses on gun safety, and offers courses to those who are interested. There are currently over four million members of the NRA, and statistics show that this number is steadily growing. The organization also promotes gun shooting skills and self-defense, as well as the ability to own guns and use them as a means for self-defense.
Many in Washington, D.C. consider the National Rifle Association to be the most powerful of all lobbying groups. They have fought tirelessly for the rights of American citizens to bear arms, yet promote using them in a responsible and sensible manner. The NRA is now the oldest continual group dedicated to fighting for civil liberties in the United States. The NRA hosts an annual Rifle and Pistol Match at Camp Perry, Ohio, where marksmen from across the country come to compete. It is known as one of the most important competitive shooting events in the country. Aside from the annual contest, the NRA also oversees other official marksmen events. Until 1992, they were also the governing body for the US Olympic shooting team.
Originally, the NRA was not as involved in the political process as it is today. In 1980, they endorsed a US presidential candidate (Ronald Reagan) for the first time in their history. Since then, the NRA has had many important speakers attend Congressional hearings and make public appearances. There is a large, 75-member board of directors that meet and discuss important current events and issues regarding firearms. The NRA also publishes five different gun-related magazines. Some gun control groups challenge the NRA’s operations, stating that they are promoting gun use and that guns should be controlled. This hasn’t stopped the National Rifle Association, and they still remain one of the most influential groups of civil rights activists in the nation today.
For more information about the NRA, please refer to the following websites:
- Official Website – The official home page of the NRA organization.
- NRA for Legislative Action – The lobbying arm of the NRA that helps fight for civil liberties and gun ownership rights.
- NRA Education – NRA headquarters, where they educate the public about safe gun use.
- Political Victory Fund – The fundraising arm of the NRA, where supporters raise money for candidates who support their cause.
- Annual Meetings – The NRA holds several annual meetings nationwide. Find out more information here.
- Instructor Courses – A course catalog for those who wish to train to be a NRA certified shooting instructor.
- Friends of NRA – This group helps raise funds for NRA shooting events.
- NRA Winning Team – This site was created for NRA volunteers and members, by volunteers and members.
- NRA Business Alliance – Designed to help NRA member businesses sell and trade goods and services.
- The Second Amendment – An in-depth look at the Constitution’s Second Amendment.
- Firearm Safety – Important rules and fundamentals of gun and firearm safety.