The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is a gun rights advocacy group based in the United States. Founded in 1871 to advance rifle marksmanship, the modern NRA has become a prominent gun rights lobbying organization while continuing to teach firearm safety and competency. The organization also publishes several magazines and sponsors competitive marksmanship events. According to the NRA, it had nearly 5 million members as of December 2018, though that figure has not been independently confirmed.The NRA is among the most influential advocacy groups in U.S. politics. The NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is its lobbying division, which manages its political action committee (PAC), the Political Victory Fund (PVF). Over its history the organization has influenced legislation, participated in or initiated lawsuits, and endorsed or opposed various candidates at local, state, and federal levels. Some notable lobbying efforts by the NRA-ILA are the Firearm Owners Protection Act, which lessened restrictions of the Gun Control Act of 1968, and the Dickey Amendment, which blocks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from using federal funds to advocate for gun control.
From mid-to-late 1970s, the NRA has become increasingly more criticized by gun control and gun rights advocacy groups, political commentators, and politicians. The organization has been the focus of intense criticism in the aftermath of high-profile shootings, such as the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, after which they suggested adding armed security guards to schools.

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  1. JeremyK

    Someone sell me on the NRA...

    ... because my membership is coming up for renewal, and I’m wondering why they deserve any more of my money...
  2. J

    NRA Ballot Arrived Today - Dump LaPierre

    The question is who to vote for to achieve this result. If been a NAR Life member since the late 70's, but once the LaPierre cabal took control, I can't find it within myself financially support them.
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  4. Yarome

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    Well.. there's a twist. NY has introduced a bill to remove the NRA's authority to certify small arms instructors and replacing them with the States DCJS. I guess that means there will be NO certified instructors in the state of NY until such time that they submit and are recertified by the...

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  6. Pops1911

    NRA Card Fun for Grins and Giggles

    OK now my NRA membership card shows my expiration date to be 02/29/2032. Anybody have a later expiration date? I am believing that I am now a lifetime member or something like that ....
  7. Paolung

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  8. GWS

    Is The Friends of the NRA Dead Up Here?

    I haven't seen or heard anything about any FNRA dinners around here in several years now. Are they gone from the PNW? Or at least the Vancouver area?
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