National Rifle Association of America (NRA) (Special Interest Group Profiles)
MEMBERS: 2.8 million
PAC: NRA Political Victory Fund
ADDRESS: 11250 Waples Mill Rd. Fairfax, VA 22030
PHONE: (703) 267-1000
TOLL FREE: (800) 672-3888
FAX: (703) 267-3989
PRESIDENT: Charlton Heston
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT: Wayne R. LaPierre, Jr.
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
According to the history of the National Rifle Association (NRA), it was originally established in 1871 "to provide firearms training and encourage interest in the shooting sports." Over 100 years later, the NRA continues that mission: "What members share with every other member is an appreciation of the shooting sports and . . . most of all, a commitment to safety, responsibility and freedom." Also integral to the NRA mission is the belief in the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Specifically, the NRA maintains there should be no limits placed on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states: "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
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National Rifle Association (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
The National Rifle Association (NRA) is an organization that promotes the sport of shooting rifles and pistols in the United States. In 2001, the NRA had replaced the AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED PERSONS as Washington's most powerful LOBBYING group, according to Fortune magazine's top 25 list. The organization reports a membership of more than 4 million, which included 1 million new members alone in 2000. The membership includes hunters, target shooters, gun collectors, firearms manufacturers, and police personnel. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the NRA has been a dominant voice in the debate over GUN CONTROL.
With a budget of more than $200 million, the NRA maintains its own $35 million state-ofthe-art lobbying machine, which includes as its major branch the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. The lobbying component is complete with an in-house telemarketing department, its own newscast, and 1 million political organizers at the precinct level. The NRA considers itself America's foremost defender of the SECOND AMENDMENT of the U.S. Constitution, which preserves the right of the people to bear arms.
The NRA platform prefers gun safety programs and the intensified enforcement of existing federal gun laws to an increase in the number of restrictions on gun owners.
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