National Rifle Association
The National Rifle Association (or NRA) is a human rights advocacy group which promotes the right to bear arms as well as promoting interest in shooting sports. It runs training classes in gun use and safety, and publishes magazines of interest to gun owners. It is also dedicated to protecting Americans' Second Amendment rights.
The NRA is non-partisan and has endorsed both Republicans and Democrats. It most often endorses Republicans, as that party is more prone to fielding candidates receptive to Second Amendment rights. For the 2018 election cycle, the NRA has already vowed to spent big money to defeat Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in conservative Montana. The NRA says it is doing this because Tester voted against the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, but also Montana is a state where it is easier to defeat a Democrat.
In 2004 the NRA successfully opposed renewal of the federal assault weapons ban of 1994, which banned many features of certain semiautomatic rifles and certain types of removable magazines, against a campaign to make the ban permanent and expand it. The ban expired at midnight, September 13, 2004.
The NRA owns and operates the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia, which is free to the public.
- Bob Barr (member of the Board of Directors since 1997)
- George H.W. Bush (resigned 1995)
- Dick Cheney
- Larry Craig
- John Dingell
- Charlton Heston (NRA President for several years)
- Michael Moore (Not an active or serious member)
- Ted Nugent
- Mitt Romney (since August 2007)
- Hunter S. Thompson