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Make Sure You Know National Rifle Association Friends of NRA

Make Sure You Know National Rifle Association Friends of NRA

The National Rifle Association offers various programs under the banner of protecting the Second Amendment. In addition to providing programs more directly related to firearm, such as educational programs, instruction programs, and firearm safety programs, it also has developed programs for fund raising as well.
Friends of NRA is on the National Rifle Association grassroots fund-raising program created with the sense of community in mind. It was created in October of 1992, with its birthplace being Columbia, Missouri, where the new foundation held their first event and banquet.
The program was helped developed by MidwayUSA and Larry Potterfield, in collaboration with the National Rifle Association. MidwayUSA continues to be the national corporate sponsor of the program. The Friends of NRA program organizes and holds events in communities across the United States with the purpose of raising money for local, state, and national programs. 
All the proceeds of the net profit are set to benefit the NRA Foundation. Half of the proceeds are used to benefit local and state programs, while the other half used for programs on the national level. The funding will often go to other programs such as firearms safety, youth programs, hunter education (See Also: State Hunting Laws), and wildlife conservation.
The raised money is also used to plan, develop, and build new NRA facilities across the country. In raising money for the NRA Foundation, the Friends of NRA also helps assist in achieving the larger goal of the National Rifle Association educating Americans about firearms, and promoting firearm-related sporting activities. Friends of NRA events are held year-round and across the country.
Since its founding, the NRA Foundation has helped raise over $140 million and funded over 15,000 grants. State Fund Grants are awarded to eligible applicants that seek to promote firearm and hunting safety, shooting sports, as well as the education of firearms to the general public.
Most of the funds raised went to help fund many youth programs across the United States. The Friends of NRA events are held by local NRA committees or organizations, largely organized and carried out by volunteers and NRA members. 
A typical Friends of NRA event will have at its target to provide family fun. An event may consist of a banquet or dinner, as well as activities for children, followed by different types of fund-raising activities, such as auctions or drawings for collectibles and other firearm related items. The Friends of NRA also have a standard merchandise package, designed for those who wish to contribute with out necessarily emptying their bank accounts.
Some of the collectible merchandise typically auctioned off at a Friends of NRA event will consist of limited edition firearms, works of art, jewelry, as well as hunting, sporting, and outdoor equipment (See Also: NRA Store). As of 2008, the Friends of NRA helped raise a total of $15.9 million with the help of the organization of over 980 events with a total 190,000 attending. It is clear the National Rifle Association has created various types of programs to help fund its various programs.
With the rising popularity of these types of programs, it can be claimed that the NRA is gaining more and more members who are willing to defend the Second Amendment, and showing their support for the organization is certainly one way to accomplish that feat.

Understanding The National Rifle Association History

Understanding The National Rifle Association History

The history of the National Rifle Association has its roots in American history. The National Rifle Association was founded on November 17, in the year 1871, at a time when the Civil War was still very much a fresh memory. New York state was responsible for granting the charter to two war veterans ultimately responsible for the organization’s inception.
The two veterans of the Union army, Colonel William Conant Church and General George Wood Wingate decided to form the National Rifle Association–originally named the American Rifle Association–out of a desire to improve the shooting and marksmanship of fellow troops. Col. Church stated that the main goal and purpose behind the creation of the organization was to “promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis.” Their members would acquire skills in shooting and marksmanship that would result in making them better soldiers. 
The founders of the National Rifle Association thought it crucial for the new members of the organization, in order to truly develop their skills, to have a location or grounds in which the practice of shooting rifles could occur with little or no outside interference. A facility, was therefore, created solely for the purpose of bestowing and practicing marksmanship skills.
With the help of the state of New York, the two veterans obtained the first NRA rifle range. The rifle range was named Creedmor, after the Creed Farm in Long Island, NY, where the site was eventually constructed in 1872.
By this time, the first president of the National Rifle Association was elected, who played a key role in the acquisition of the grounds for the rifle range. A Civil War veteran himself, General Ambrose Burnside held no reservations and accepted the position readily. Burnside was also the former governor of Rhode Island and a former United States Senator. By the end of 1873, Creedmor had already been open and ready to hold the first annual marksmanship competitions.
The National Rifle Association’s first encounter to opposition to its then simple and seemingly singular cause came in 1892, by several political factions voicing their concerns regarding the promotion of marksmanship shooting. Later that year, the NRA moved the practice facilities to Sea Girt, New Jersey, and returned the Creedmor land to the state of New York. 
The interests of the National Rifle Association in promoting shooting and marksmanship practice and sport would soon shift from that of military aid to the future of America, its youth. In 1906, the NRA’s first youth program was created at the behest of the NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones.
Children and young adults of all ages began to join the program as recruitment was widely available at schools, colleges, and military academies. In the summer of 1906, over 200 boys competed at the national event held in Sea Girt. Because of the expansion and new members seeking to join its now numerous programs, a new location would be needed. A new shooting facility was constructed on the outskirts of Toledo, Ohio.
This would later become the site of the National Matches and Competitions Event. The construction process was overlooked by General Ammon B. Crichfield, the Adjutant General of Ohio. With the new construction of the facilities, even more members would join. The NRA would release its own magazine The American Riflemangun safety