Among the many calumnies hurled against the National Rifle Association in recent days and weeks one of the most ridiculous and totally false accusations is that: “The NRA sells numerous guns.” The NRA is not now and never has been in the business of selling firearms. To the contrary, the NRA is not a for-profit civic organization whose primary purposes are firearms safety training and promotion of the shooting sports. Starting in 1949 and acting in cooperation with the state of New York, developed hunter safety training materials and courses which have since been adopted throughout North America. It has also developed and implemented firearms safety and training courses covering everything from new gun owners or novice shooters to advanced marksmanship.
More than a million Americans attend these courses annually. Through its Competitive Shooting Division the NRA sanctions over 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors over 50 national championships each year. The NRA offers assistance to its affiliated clubs and to both public and private shooting ranges across the country.
Through its Law Enforcement Division, established in 1960, the NRA provides a means for certifying law-enforcement firearms instructors. It also offers law-enforcement firearm competitions, since competition is a direct extension of training. When it comes to addressing school shootings, the NRA School Shield program works to secure our schools and help keep our children safe. NRA School Shield seeks to engage communities and empower leaders to help make our schools more secure.
Through its Institute for Legislative Action, founded in 1975, NRA urges legislators nationwide to not pass so-called gun control laws which infringe upon the Constitutional rights of its five million members, as well as millions of other law abiding gun owners, to keep and bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment. It does support of the candidacies of individuals for public office who share the NRA’s commitment to protecting the Second Amendment.
While probably the best known in this regard, many other organizations also fight to protect the Second Amendment, such as The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America and The Firearms Coalition.