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The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is an American non-profit 501(c)(4) lobbying group that advocates for the protection of the Second Amendment of the United States Bill of Rights, and the promotion of firearm ownership rights as well as marksmanship, firearm safety, and the protection of hunting and self-defense in the United States.

The NRA sponsors firearm safety training courses, as well as marksmanship events featuring shooting skill and sports. It has over 4.3 million members.

After the Connecticut School shooting massacre in December 2012, the number of new members of NRA has surged. An average of 8000 new members have registered with the NRA, a week after the incident.

NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre gave an impassioned speech and blamed the media for glorifying violence and perpetuating the idea that tighter gun restrictions would reduce mass shootings. On 21 December 2012, he called for armed guards at every US school.

Key People

  • President: Wayne LaPierre

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