Standing Guard | Your NRA Does A Lot More Than It Gets Credit For

posted on August 20, 2019
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NRA is fully engaged every day protecting and fighting for our freedom. As we fight those battles, thanks to your support, it is easy to lose sight of all the NRA is also doing for gun safety (actual gun safety, not how anti-gunners use the term). We help police departments, provide and support firearm training, stop schools from being soft targets and do so many other things the mainstream media will never tell the public, as it just doesn’t fit their anti-Second Amendment narrative.

Here are just a few things the NRA does.

Training: With roughly 1 million Americans attending our training courses annually, the NRA is the Gold Standard for firearm safety. Whether you’re a new or prospective gun owner or hunter in search of training, whatever your age or level of expertise, whatever type of firearm you’re interested in, the NRA has the course for you. Equally important, we conduct courses for those motivated to serve their communities as certified instructors, counselors, coaches and range safety officers, thereby ensuring convenient access to training nationwide.

Law Enforcement: The NRA established a Law Enforcement Division in 1960 specifically to provide a means for certifying law-enforcement firearm instructors. We also offer law-enforcement firearm competitions, since competition is a direct extension of training. Competitions consist of the National Police Shooting Championships as well as a new multi-gun law enforcement competition called the Tactical Police Competition.

NRA School Shield: When people cried, "Someone do something!"—NRA did. The NRA School Shield program works to secure our schools and help keep our children safe. School security is a complex issue with no simple, single solution. School Shield is committed to addressing the many facets of school security, including best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel, training and policy. Through this multidimensional effort, NRA School Shield seeks to engage communities and empower leaders to help make our schools more secure.

Hunter Support: Working in cooperation with the state of New York in 1949, we developed hunter-safety training as it’s been known for generations. Since then, our proven principles have been adopted throughout North America, and our new free-of-charge, state-of-the-art online hunter education course has just been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for federal matching funds to states that adopt it. What’s more, NRA’s Youth Hunter Education Challenge provides a fun environment for youngsters to improve their field marksmanship and safety skills. The NRA Hunter Clinic Instructor Program and Women’s Wilderness Escape are just two more examples of what we do. and

Competitive Shooting: NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division offers a wide range of activities in myriad shooting disciplines for everyone from novices to world-class competitors. The NRA sanctions more than 11,000 shooting tournaments and sponsors 50-plus national championships each year. Our Shooting Sports USA online media cover all types of target sports with articles on winning competitors, technique and equipment. and

Safety and Education: The NRA offers resources and training to ensure the safe and effective use of firearms as well as personal safety. Award-winning courses like Refuse To Be A Victim are available to teach proactive strategies on avoiding dangerous situations, self-defense using a firearm, as well as protection inside and outside the home.

Women’s Interests: With the number of women shooters on the rise, the NRAis dedicated to providing programs and resources to female firearm enthusiasts. Women have the opportunity to receive safety and skills training from certified instructors, get involved in clubs and competitions, and receive scholarships. The NRA Women’s Network is a growing resource for news, education and events, and is telling stories of empowered women.

Affiliated Clubs, Ranges and Businesses: The NRA is committed to providing assistance to our affiliated clubs and ranges across the country. NRA Clubs & Associations provides services and materials to a network of 15,000 NRA-affiliated organizations and businesses. NRA Range Services shares expertise with public and private ranges across the country, including on-site consultation, educational seminars and grants.


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