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 was founded after the American Civil War by former Union soldiers seeking to improve the shooting skills of the population at large.
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