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Causes: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights

Mission: To protect and defend the us constitution to promote public safety, law and order, and the national defense to train law enforcement agencies to train civilians in marksmanship to promote shooting sports and hunting.

Programs: The national rifle association is the worlds leader in firearms education, safety, and marksmanship training. Early in the organizations history, the nra turned its interest to promoting the shooting sports, especially among our nations youth. It is those fundamental ideas of education and training that sustain nra general operations programs offered to the public today. Nra training courses develop safe and responsible shooters through a network of certified instructors, training more people annually than any other organization. The nra also engages gun owners in programs that promote all aspects of the outdoor lifestyle including hunting programs, shooting range programs, womens programs, youth programs, competitive shooting programs, law enforcement training programs, gunsmithing programs, training and opportunities to shoot, hunt, and enjoy the outdoor traditions. Please visit programs. Nra. Org to learn more.

nra-ila legislative program services. The nra institute for legislative action is a division within the nra as identified in nra bylaws article x. As the foremost protector and defender of the us constitution, the national rifle association advocates against efforts to erode the second amendment, fights for initiatives aimed at reducing violent crime, and promotes hunters rights and conservation efforts nationwide. Nra legislative action involves firearms rights, regulations and laws, range protection, international gun control threats, workers protection, self defense, free speech rights, and a host of related matters. Please visit nraila. Org for the latest research and updates, and engage with the ila through social media channels.

nra membership communications include real time, daily, weekly, and monthly news updates and trenchant insights through an award winning array of digital and hardcopy materials and the most authoritative coverage from recognized leaders and subject matter experts. Nra media vehicles serve to educate, inform, and reinforce the nras primary exempt purposes and objectives. The nra publishes three nra official journals for nra members, american rifleman, american hunter, and americas 1st freedom, and the nra also publishes nra family insights, shooting sports usa, and shooting illustrated. The nra produces specialty digital channels targeted to specific populations incuding nra womens network and life of duty, now part of nra news. For access to the nras voice and continually updated presence such as the nra official journals, please visit nrapublications. Org and nranews. Com, and renew or upgrade your nra membership through nra. Org.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The NRA has misplaced its moral compass and the reason for its creation. While there is nothing wrong with defending the 2nd amendment and gun ownership, a line in the sand must be drawn as to what is common sense, what keeps our citizens safe and what does not, and what did our founding fathers intend when the 2nd amendment was written? I used to believe that the NRA was an organization created to advocate for the protection and safety of the citizens of the United States. Today however, the safety of our citizens is second to the NRA's distorted belief that the safety of our citizens, children and the innocent are second to gun ownership in whatever form that takes as well as the profits of gun manufacturers. This is flawed. Our founding fathers sought to protect the people by allowing the people to protect themselves with gun ownership and that is valid. The NRA Board and Executive Director however, have taken the position that the citizens of the U.S.A. shall not be protected because the right to use a gun outflanks the right to be protected from a gun.

Lets be clear. There is no slippery slope like the NRA would want us to believe. That's a convenient excuse for them to harden their stance. There is no threat to the 2nd amendment and no recent Democrat has ever made an attempt to repeal the 2nd amendment. But what has happened is that that Federal law prohibits the ownership and use of machine guns and other weapons designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible. The NRA was never against that so what happened? What happened is that the Executive Director has done a magnificent job of convincing legislature candidates that their 5 million (self reported) members are a force to be reckoned with. However, there are over 100 million U.S. Citizens. So why and how is the NRA so powerful? or is it a loud bear with only dentures for teeth? I'd rather support a guns rights organization that focuses on the rights of our children first rather than the rights of gun manufacturers and anonymous donors who are too afraid to identify themselves. I want to support an organization that is an advocate for the 2nd amendment without being an advocate first the gun manufacture or an advocate for the Executive Director. I want to support an advocate for the safety of my children, family, neighbors and those who I am with and not with. I want to support an advocate for the safety of the citizens of the United States of America. I will not support a radicalized leader or its board who has tarnished a once great organization and I will never support an organization that places it profits, salaries, and moral compass before the safety and best interest of the people and citizens of this great country. A one star rating is a gift for this once great organization.

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The NRA takes many unpopular stances. So does the ACLU. But defending liberty is a sacred responsibility. Small infringements start us down the slippery slope to socialism and totalitarianism. The NRA strives to halt this tendency. It is a nonprofit by definition, because it spends the funds it gets, rather than making profits. That said, people should recognize that nonprofit does not mean it is necessarily a charity. It is not a 401(c). We cannot deduct donations to the NRA from our taxes, more's the pity.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I believe in responsible gun ownership. I grew up in rural America and guns and huntIng were part of our culture. But the latest rhetoric coming out of the NRA is disturbing. How sad that the original mission of this organization- to provide gun safety training to the public - has been so transmogrified into advancing the interests of gun manufacturers. The NRA board needs to take a long look at themselves. Do you really want to be on the side of fearmongering and smearing the reputation of high school students? How low will you stoop? Is it truly worth it?

Review from Guidestar

8 Teresa C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The NRA should not be a tax-exempt non-profit organization. They help promote conspiracy theories of tyranny to justify the second amendment. They use the second amendment to justify having unfettered right to enjoy a hobby such as target shooting and hunting at the expense of lives. Making it easy for the members to get a gun also makes it easier for someone with ill intentions to get a gun. Who really needs an AR-15 with bump-stocks for hunting and target practice? Now, they want to add silencers on top of that. They really don't care about what will happen if it gets into the wrong hands. As long as they get to enjoy their hobby and make as much money as possible and promote their candidates. They are a self-righteous, arrogant lot. "law abiding citizens" Most of us are law-abiding citizens, we don't need to brag about it. It shouldn't give us the right to weapons that can fire 800 rounds per minute. Trump hinted at background checks and banning bump stocks. What happened was the sale of bump stocks went way up and instead Trump's solution is to arm teachers and they can get a "little bonus". No coincidence that the NRA contributed 30 million dollars to his campaign. Any other hobby, such as scuba diving, one needs to be trained, and it's only your own life you are putting at risk. The NRA is all about money and power.

Review from Guidestar

4 Bryan B.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think the NRA is great. I served proudly as my family has since the revolution. And I have seen a shift to mutate a literal written constitutional right. The NRA has recently had to step up their game to protect this. But it is up to the people to insure this it is the governed who rjle this republic not the ones in office. We must defend this right by the very means our forefathers gave us. And this starts with our first amendment . of which the second is explicitly written right after as proof to why we have the 2nd. Ooooohhh rahhhhhh America

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

My uncle was a lifelong member of the NRA. But I think their mission has shifted from one that was worthy of charitable status to a big money lobbying organization that should not have a nonprofit status.

I am disgusted by their approach to rational gun sense and I think they distort the 2nd amendment. I think it abhorrent that NRA has targeted those struggling with mental illness (the large majority of which are never violent) to shift the discussion of rational gun sense and universal background checks to blame a vulnerable population that is already stigmatized.

I would NEVER support them because their mission is badly flawed, contorted & definitely not worthy of a charity.

9 1Camper

Donor

Rating: 5

The NRA has been by my side since the first time I bought and trained with a gun. I take my right to self-defense very seriously.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer for hours on end, year after year. This has been one the most rewarding experiences for me and the members I meet with. Everyone I meet with is incredibly friendly, realistic and down to earth. There are so many types of NRA members that you can't really say that NRA is for old white guys. So take a second and remember this when the lamestream press talks dirty about NRA.

14 HunterN00b

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The NRA continually trains and educates regular American families like mine to enjoy shooting sports safely and responsibly, and to think about what freedom and liberty mean to my life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The NRA is nothing more than a Tax Exempt advertising firm for the Gun Manufacturers. The NRA has bought and own members of Congress who, at the insistence of their master (the NRA) have written laws that put the general public at risk. For instance:

1) Senator Todd Tiahrt (R) - who is owned by the NRA - added an amendment to a bill regarding the ATF. The rule change written by the NRA and known as the Tiahrt Amendment, forced the justice department to destroy within 24 hours the records of any gun buyers. The overall impact of the Amendment made it much harder for police to clamp down on illegally distributed guns.

2) Senator Sensenbrenner (R) - who is also owned by the NRA - added an amendment to the Patriot Act that was co-authored by the NRA - that prohibited the President from appointing a Director to the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Thus, there has been NO ATF director in 6 years. The result is without an ATF Director, laws. Without an ATF Director, gun sales on the black market cannot be monitored.

3) NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre said, “If I were to select a jack-booted group of fascists who were perhaps as large a danger to American society as I could pick today, I would pick the ATF." -- It was that comment that compelled President HW Bush to drop his NRA membership.

4) The NRA backed legislation prohibiting AFT agents from inspecting a firearms dealer more than once a year.

5) The NRA fought against the creation of a federal registry to track gun sales and backed legislation from releasing information from its firearms trace database.

6) The NRA opposes legislation that would close the gun show loophole requiring background checks for all gun sales.

7) The NRA opposed measures that would allow background checks to block terror suspects from buying guns.

8) The NRA fought for an Indiana Law that allows people to shoot police officers who are called to a home on Domestic Violence (see Indiana Law)

9) The NRA fight for laws that will block employers from banning firearms in their place of business.

10) The NRA fights against laws that will enable law enforcement from enforcing current laws.

12 LaRueful

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was chosen for NRA Foundation’s Youth Education Summit (YES). We are the future leaders of this country thanks to training and scholarships from the NRA!

Review from Guidestar

12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

There are few other organizations as focused and effective as the NRA. I am a Life Member, and Firearms Instructor. They fight brilliantly for the protection of the Second Amendment, and have so many incredible programs and benefits.

12

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Simply the world's top resource for firearms education, safety, and training. The NRA has been around since the Civil War; Yankee generals founded it for civilian training. Single-issue strength!