NRA Club Connection - Winter 2021

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INSIDE: pg 4: 2020 Youth Wildlife Art Contest Winners pg 14: NRA Club Spotlight pg 22: NRA-ILA Update

President's Column: Why They Fear Us


INSIDE NRA: Programs & Services


NRA's Proud Tradition of Marksmanship Training

Feature Story: NRA Announces 2020 Youth Wildlife Art Contest Winners


National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Articles


NRA Club Spotlight


NRA Business Alliance Spotlight


NRA Law Enforcement Update: LEOSA Carry Rights


NRA-ILA Update:


Editor: Elizabeth Bush, Managing Director Community Engagement Division

Cover Photo: Youth Wildlife Art Contest Winner

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president’s column

Why They Fear Us


By Carolyn D. Meadows President


Carolyn D. Meadows President Charles L. Cotton First Vice President

Willes K. Lee Second Vice President

Wayne LaPierre Executive Vice President John Frazer Secretary Craig Spray Treasurer

Jason Ouimet Executive Director, NRA-ILA

Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr. Executive Director,

General Operations

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s we brace for impending battles for our freedom, it’s worth remembering what gun-control proponents fear most about Americans who cherish their God-given, and Second Amendment-protected, right to keep and bear arms. First, they fear the Second Amendment because it is a cornerstone of liberty. It is practical and unmoving. In contrast, the Left prefers and advocates for judges and legislators who will, when they can, treat the U.S. Constitution as a “living document” they can reinterpret to dead letters if they so desire. They want the ability to put a gravestone over your rights, but can’t because the NRA—most importantly all of you members—are standing in their way. The gun-control crowd can’t stand that our right to keep and bear arms has been a fundamental part of American DNA since before 1776. They’ve tried many times to rewrite the history books, aiming to erase the truth that this right was always cherished and put to daily use by the American populace. They’ve done this because if they can revise history, then they can shape the future behind the false claim that this right isn’t an individual right at all. Those who seek to take away our freedom also don’t like that the Second Amendment of the U.S. Bill of Rights protects a universal human right to selfpreservation. The fact that it empowers women, minorities, senior citizens and everyone else is appalling to the Left, as this individual freedom emboldens and fosters a free people, no matter what their individual characteristics might be. Gun-control advocates want control, but are often stopped because the Second Amendment fundamentally undermines their attempt to turn people into submissive subjects of a controlling state. They also fear that more gun owners will stand together. This is a big reason why they so often attack the NRA. They fear the massive voting block our membership represents. They fear that the NRA has continued to grow. With over 7.5 million new gun owners in 2020 alone, according to figures gathered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, gun-control advocates are now very afraid. This is why even Michael Bloomberg didn’t put a lot of emphasis on gun-control before last November’s election. They didn’t want to rile America’s 100-millionplus gun owners, because they know that February 2021

an overwhelming majority of American citizens want their freedom left alone. Anti-freedom advocates also fear the simple, but very profound, truth that gun ownership leads to a safer nation, as individuals can protect themselves from predators on our streets and in their homes until help can arrive. This autonomy is directly opposite to how gun-control groups would like to reshape America. And make no mistake, politicians like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris aren’t kidding when they say they want to fundamentally reshape America. They want to create a subservient citizenry that begs for government handouts and carveouts, that has to cower to thieves, rapists and murderers while they wait for the police to get there. They don’t care about you; they care about control.

LET NEW AND POTENTIAL GUN OWNERS HEAR YOUR ENTHUSIASM, YOUR LOVE OF FREEDOM, AS YOU TELL THEM ABOUT THIS RIGHT AND HOW YOU PRACTICE IT. It is important, right now, to keep this in mind because we do have the power to protect our freedom if we stand boldly together with our shoulders back, our eyes wide open and with a kind, strong and stubborn insistence in our voices and hearts that our civil rights, including our allimportant Second Amendment rights, will not be taken from us. In essence, they are afraid of us because we are free. Never forget that and don’t let it go. They are afraid; we are not. We might get frustrated, even angry, when a court or legislature imperils our freedom, but that is not fear—rather, it is our American spirit rising up to the challenge. With this strength, let new and potential gun owners hear your enthusiasm, your love of freedom, as you tell them about this right and how you practice it. Offer to take others to the range. Let them experience how empowering it is to use this freedom. And then talk to them about joining the greatest organization ever seen for protecting this bedrock of human freedom, the National Rifle Association.

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NRA’s Proud Tradition Of Marksmanship Training


By Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr.

Executive Director, General Operations

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ith the calendar turning to 2021, your National Rifle Association of America is celebrating a milestone anniversary. For 150 years, the NRA has been a national service organization dedicated to advancing marksmanship, as well as the country’s foremost defender of Second Amendment rights. As we recognize NRA’s sesquicentennial year, let’s take a look back at how we started. NRA was chartered in 1871 in New York by a group of National Guard officers with firsthand knowledge of the decline of American marksmanship during the Civil War. Led by Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate, their goal was to improve the state of marksmanship training in the country. Not long after NRA’s inception, the search for a range began, eventually finding Creed’s Farm on Long Island—deeded to the National Rifle Association for the price of $26,250. What became known as “Creedmoor Range” became one of the most famous venues in shooting history. The first formal matches at Creedmoor in 1873 were widely anticipated, with throngs of enthusiastic spectators gathering to witness NRA’s hosting of historical shooting events. Rifle tournaments at Creedmoor, and subsequently at ranges located at Sea Girt, N.J., Camp Perry, Ohio, and Camp Atterbury, Ind., captured the country’s spirit of nationalism and resulted in key improvements in rifles and target scoring. By the early 20th century, NRA had grown into a national association that set the standards for military rifle training. That training has saved countless American lives on battlefields around the world. The NRA’s high standards for military rifle training even inspired the federal government to form an adjunct within the War Department to focus on promoting rifle practice among soldiers and civilians alike. In 1903, NRA Secretary Albert S. Jones urged the establishment of rifle clubs at all major colleges, universities and military academies. Three years later, the NRA youth program was in full swing, with over 200 youth shooters at Sea Girt that summer. Youth shooting programs remain a cornerstone of the NRA. After World War II, the NRA, in conjunction with the state of New York, established the first hunter education program. NRA hunter education courses are now taught by state fish and game departments across the country

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and Canada—helping to make hunting one of the safest sports around. As the NRA continued to evolve, expanding its safety and educational programs to meet the needs of an ever-changing America, some of the nation’s most celebrated leaders, including Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George C. Marshall and John F. Kennedy, praised the NRA’s inexhaustible efforts to train Americans in firearms safety and marksmanship. The tradition of marksmanship instruction continues, thanks to thousands of NRA members working tirelessly as instructors, training counselors, coaches and volunteers. Without their support, the majority of programs that the NRA offers would not be possible. The NRA today—propelled by its legion of members and volunteers—continues to offer educational programs for hunters, marksmen, military, law enforcement, women and youth. These programs, found at, underscore a vital commitment to keeping America safe and free. As we look ahead to the future, here’s to another 150 years of continuing the traditions upon which the Association was founded. To learn more about NRA’s programs, visit


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2020 YOUTH WILDLIFE ART CONTEST NRA Announces George Montgomery Youth Wildlife Art Contest Awards Winners for 2020 Every year around the holiday season, the NRA Community Engagement Division is proud to host the George Montgomery/Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Hundreds of art submissions are accepted and over 200 artist’s digitally submitted paintings, drawings, sketches, engravings ranging this year. The submissions ranged from small varmints to large game animals that can be legally hunted or trapped in the United States. The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest offers young artists interested in hunting and wildlife an outlet to display their creative talent, practice artistic techniques, and refine wildlife identification skills through the creation of original works. This contest encourages youth to nurture their interest for the visual arts, hunting, and wildlife conservation. It also reinforces the positive effects of hunting and wildlife conservation with the public at large. Student’s grades 1 through 12 (including home-schooled children) are eligible to enter and all entries must portray North American game birds or animals that may be legally hunted or trapped. Artists have the chance to win thousands of dollars in prizes! The three National Finalists for each category, who do not become the Best in Show, and all Honorable Mentions will have their artwork featured in the NRA Club Connection and the NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest website. Additional prizes for each category will be as follows: First Place: $750 cash prize, Second Place: $500 cash prize, Third Place: $250 cash prize, Best in Show will receive a $1000 cash prize! NEW for 2020 – To adjust to the restrictions of the COVID- 19 pandemic, submissions for all artwork were submitted in digital form only. Next year’s contest starts September 1 and entries must be postmarked by October 31, 2021 to be eligible. Visit for more details.

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Best In Show: FayFay He Chandler, AZ

First Place (Category 1): Olivia Li Chandler, AZ

First Place (Category 2): Jiada Rivera Chandler, AZ

First Place (Category 3): Andrew Han Chino Hills, CA

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Category 1: 2nd Natalie Jie Jian Sugar Land, TX

Category 3, 2nd Malachi Mykkanen Albert Lea, MN

Category 2: 2nd Allison Bu Boyds, MD

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Category 1: 3rd Renata Albano Scottsdale, AZ

Category 2: 3rd Dorothy Zhou Chandler, TX

Category 3: 3rd Sua Cho Coppell, TX

Category 4: 3rd Michaela Donovan Arlington, VA

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Honorable Mention Ivy Tao Chandler, AZ

Honorable Mention Mileun Sapun Antelope, CA

Honorable Mention Christiana Zheng Glibert, AZ

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Honorable Mention Rachel Clark Sugar Land, TX

Honorable Mention Marenda Li Chandler, AZ

Honorable Mention Sophia Liu Great Neck, NY

Honorable Mention Lynn Sun Livingston, NJ

Honorable Mention Zoey Boyd Sweetwater, TX

Honorable Mention Elizabeth Blevins Toledo, OH

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The Sporting Club At The Farm By Allison Fulp, NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador Located in New Albany, Indiana on 740 acres of land, and nestled along the Ohio River near Floyd and Harrison County line sits a sporting clay course that is worth seeing. If the diverse topography of river bottoms and the Knobs (a narrow arc-shaped region consisting of hundreds of isolated hills in Kentucky) hovering above while you shoot isn’t enough, the Farm also offers the ultimate outdoor experience with miles of outdoor trails, lakes, and wooded areas perfect for offering the sporting lifestyle. The Farm sporting clay course consists of 12 stations with four throwers per station. The target presentation is both challenging and recreational for all levels of shooters. The aesthetically pleasing design of the course covering both wooded areas and the diverse terrain of river bottom meadows is unique to southern Indiana and any sporting clay course. As you overlook the Ohio River and the 150-year-old farm you can get amazing targets and an amazing view. Besides sporting clays, the Farm offers a multitude of outdoor activities. You could do upland game hunting which offers you the unique hunt along the Ohio River in the beautiful native warm-season grass fields. Led by professional guides and world-class bird dogs to point the way, ensuring your upland game hunting experience is unforgettable and entertaining. Another outdoor experience to do at the Farm is archery. At the Farm, you have the opportunity to enjoy two beautiful amazing archery courses which include 3D targets. Whether you use a traditional, compound, or recurve bow, the Farm has a target for you. The big round colorful rings like they use in the Olympic Games are just waiting for you to mark, or walk their pristine trails and take a shot with the threedimensional animal targets which challenge archers at each station. If upland game hunting and archery isn’t your thing you can also go fishing, but only with a membership at this time. The Farm has four lakes that total over 40 acres to enjoy multiple species of fish. Two of their lakes are specifically managed for largemouth bass. The Farm also offers guided fishing trips. Some unique outdoor activities the Farm also offers are hiking, axe throwing, horseshoes, canoes, and cornhole. Coming soon, camping will also be offered at the Farm. The Farm offers much more than a shotgun range. It offers hiking and outdoor relaxation in a rural setting only minutes away from town. Or if you're not looking to go shooting, hiking, or various other activities and you're looking for a beautiful place to host your events, the Farm is the perfect place. The Farm’s event coordinator will assist you with all aspects of planning and hosting to ensure that your event is a great success. Whether it’s a corporate outing training or family affair, the Farm can cater to your needs. If you are out and about in southern Indiana, or just looking for a new place to shoot, the Farm is a fantastic new place to go. Winter 2021 • NRA CLUB CONNECTION • 11

NHSRA Light Rifle Shooting Program By Kali Thompson, NRA Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador The National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) established shooting sports as part of the events scheduled for the National Finals Rodeo(s) in 2005 in partnership with the NRA (National Rifle Association). Since inception, the program has welcomed an increase in the number of competitors. Every year, state high school rodeo associations hold Light Rifle and Trap Shooting competitions, and the top four competitors in each event earn a trip to the national shooting competition. The NHSRA is how I got involved in the shooting sports, became the 3-time Kansas High School Rodeo Association State Champion in Light Rifle, and then the 2020 National Youth Shooting Sports Ambassador. The most important thing at a shooting competition is range safety! The safety of competitors, range personnel, and spectators requires continuous attention by all to the careful handling of firearms and caution in moving about the range. Self-discipline is necessary on the part of all and was enforced by the range master and other range personnel. In the Light Rifle competition youth fire at A23/5 targets from 50 yards from 3 positions: prone, standing, and kneeling. Competitors are given up to 12 minutes in the prone and kneeling positions and up to 18 minutes in the standing position to fire 12 rounds, 3 in each target. Targets are scored by giving each shot placed within the target, 10 for a bullseye down to 5 points for the outer ring. When starting Light Rifle, my instructor had me dry fire in each position for hours, practicing my trigger pull and breathing. When getting ready for every position, you take in a slow breath and, while you're letting it out, bring your gun to your shoulder, look down into your scope, and line your cross hairs up with the middle of the target. Bring you sight back to the cross hairs where you see them. Trust yourself to line them up with the target. There's going to be a natural figure eight motion you're going to see in your scope, don’t fight it. Put your finger on the trigger letting the meat of your finger sink into the trigger, and then you will feel the bone of your finger touch the trigger and slowly pull all the way back. When your gun fires hold the position, take a breath, then slowly release your trigger, take a breath, and then put your rifle down. I learned so much from the shooting sports. I learned to calm myself, gained self-confidence, and made many new friends. I would highly encourage anyone who enjoys rodeo and shooting, or wants to learn more about shooting, to get involved in the NHSRA shooting events and the NRA.

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NRA Club Spotlight

Clark County Sportsmens Club Builds a New Pistol Range BY GARY WALLACE The Clark County Sportsmens Club embarked on a project last fall (2019). Arnold Garwood would spearhead the building of a new pistol range. The purpose of this range would be for competitive matches, other planned activities and to help relieve the congestion on our main range. It seemed like the planning part would go on forever but once a design was picked construction moved fairly quickly. This was impressive because much of the work was done with volunteer labor and equipment. Some donated loads of dirt and concrete blocks we had purchased earlier sat around the parking lot for months. After more dirt and concrete blocks were purchased the range was taking shape. While Arnold and his right hand man Ron Powell did most of the manual labor, Allen Boyer with his bulldozer and Cliff Turner with his mini excavator really made it all take shape. I can’t mention every person who donated time and money for this project. But we are putting together a plaque with all the names on it. The plaque will be on the firing line for all to see. As of this writing (Dec. 2020) the range is seeded and the cover for the firing line is ordered. If all goes well, we look forward to shooting on our new range in the spring.

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NRA Club Spotlight

GHS Rifle Team Places First at "COVID CLASSIC" CMP Cup Rifle Match BY Scott Casey, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), Senior Marine Instructor, Granbury High School MCJROTC

The Granbury Marine Corps JROTC rifle team placed 1st at their first away match of the 2020 -21 season, with two squads taking first and fifth place at the Joshua High School’s COVID Classic CMP Cup Match on December 11, 2020. Kaylynn Slaughter led the way for the Pirates with a season high score of 591, which was good for second place out of over 30 shooters. Ashton Arlington (586 – season high, fourth), Sunee Schumann (585, fifth) and Sara Folsom (584, seventh) placed in the top eight shooters. The squad of Slaughter, Arlington, Folsom, and Alexis DeLaPena shot a season high and placed 1st in the team category out of the field of ten teams. “This was a great start for our first away match,” commented Lt. Col. Scott Casey, the Senior Marine Instructor. “We lost some great shooters last year due to graduation, but I’m impressed with how the underclassmen have stepped up this year – shooting a season high was fun to watch.” Casey continued, “Freshman standout Candince McGrath is one to watch, she led our first-year shooters. Likewise, freshman Kameron Wells is another newcomer to the team who shot a personal best in her first away match.” Additional cadets participating in the match were: Julia Czernik, Caroline Martin, Tye Foster, Jonathan Hutchison “We have a deep bench this year and that is exciting to have new members of the squad shooting very high scores in their first match,” Casey said. GHS returned to action on December 15 shooting the JROTC qualifying postal match on their home range. Pictured below (left to right) are: Schumann, Foster, Slaughter, MCGrath, Folsom, Hutchison, DeLePena, Wells, Arlington, and Martin.

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NRA Business Alliance Update

The Importance of Range Cleaning and Ventilation System Maintenance The cleaning and maintenance of indoor firing range services is often more demanding than one might imagine. Horizonal range surfaces should be kept at or below 200 µg/ft2 to meet recommended guidelines. This often requires specialized cleaning solutions with waste carefully minimized to avoid environmental contamination and significant disposal costs. Air flow rates should be maintained at 40 to 75 LFM (linear feet per minute) to move lead fumes from the firing line to the bullet traps effectively. Too little air movement fails to move contaminates down range and too much blows instructors’ scoring sheets and other papers down range. Finally, careful and timely change out of primary filter media prevents contamination of return air and extends the life of secondary and possible tertiary filter media. (Modern ranges employ 3 sets of filters – the loose primary filters, the tighter secondary or predator filters and the third stage HEPA filters.) Each stage of filters is progressively more expensive with the HEPA’s (High Efficiency Particulate Aerosol) costing $100 to $200 a piece. More next quarter on basic range ventilation design. Keith Crawford Certified Industrial Hygienist Owner – Eagle Industrial Hygiene Associates, Inc.

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NRA Law Enforcement UPDATES President Trump’s Executive Order Expands LEOSA Carry Rights On January 18th, President Trump signed an “Executive Order on Protecting Law Enforcement Officers, Judges, Prosecutors, And Their Families.” The order aims to provide for more federal law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and judges to be able to carry firearms for personal protection. The order implements several policy changes, but the primary change is “to remove any undue obstacle preventing current or retired Federal law enforcement officers from carrying a concealed firearm as allowed under the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004 (“LEOSA”).” LEOSA, also commonly referred to by its bill number H.R. 218, is a federal law that generally provides that certain current and retired law enforcement officers can carry a firearm notwithstanding certain state laws restricting the carry of firearms. To implement this new policy, the order requires federal agencies that employ law enforcement officers to submit a report to the president regarding their implementation of the order within 30 days of the date of the order. In addition to the LEOSA policy change, the order also implements a change in policy for carry rights for federal prosecutors. Under current law, some prosecutors have been made special Deputy United States Marshals. The order requires the attorney general to create a new regulation to provide a clear policy for the process of making prosecutors special deputies. The final change the order makes requires the attorney general to submit legislation to expand upon the existing protections of LEOSA. With President Biden taking office only a few days after the signing of this new order, it’s not clear how the new administration will implement the order. Biden was a member of the Senate when H.R. 218 passed with unanimous consent. However, he has since become increasing hostile to any Americans exercising their right to bear arms. Without presidential action, the affected agencies must comply with the order.

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NRA-ILA Update

UPDATE NRA Signs MOU with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Fairfax, Va. - The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to assist in the recruitment, education, and retaining of sportsmen and women through NRA’s vast hunter education and outreach programs. “Together with the USFWS, the NRA has worked for decades to ensure as many outdoorsmen and women as possible can safely and responsibly enjoy our hunting heritage,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “We look forward to a formalization of this longstanding relationship and thank Director Skipwith for her tireless work on this effort.” A ten-year agreement, the MOU outlines the agreements and responsibilities of both parties including a commitment to science-based strategies for wildlife conservation along with NRA’s pledge to enhance hunter safety, marksmanship, and shooting safety through their free online hunter education program, the Hunters’

Leadership Forum, the Youth Hunter Education Challenge, the Women’s Wilderness Escape and its magazine, American Hunter, to achieve these goals. “This MOU strengthens our shared commitment to wildlife and natural resource conservation while preserving our American heritage of hunting and recreating outdoors,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Aurelia Skipwith. “This partnership supports the Trump Administration and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s priority of increasing access to public lands and expanding hunting opportunities while promoting the safe, responsible use of firearms.” For a full copy of the MOU, visit

NRA Program Update

NRA Hunter Education Online Course Now Available in Tennessee The National Rifle Association’s award-winning NRA Hunter Education online course is now available in the State of Tennessee, the latest addition as NRA works to make the course available to hunters in all 50 states. Since inception of the program in 2017, NRA has provided over 50,000 students FREE online hunter education, fostering the interest and expansion of new hunters and shooters across the country. Tennessee joins Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, and West Virginia as states that accept NRA Hunter Education as a prerequisite for hunting licensure. “With so many people able to enjoy the great outdoors during this pandemic we are excited to offer this new free online option,” said Jason Maxedon, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Deputy Director. “Now is a great time to get outdoors and the perfect time to introduce someone to hunting. The new course is a quality online learning experience and educational opportunity for anybody to continue the process of safe and ethical hunting.” Designed and provided by the organization that built the first-ever hunter education program in the United States in 1949, the NRA Hunter Education online course offers a fresh and fully comprehensive approach to hunter education. The 15-chapter, online sequence features attentiongrabbing videos, eye-catching graphics and diagrams, interactive modules, audio recordings and dozens of action photos presented in appealing, easy-to-access components that provide the best method for teaching future hunters lessons they will remember for the rest of their lives. All of this instruction is available at students’ fingertips, whenever and wherever they are able to complete it. Removing the sometimes prohibitive cost barrier of traditional courses, the NRA Online Hunter Education course is available completely free of charge, encouraging new hunters to take the first step and making it easier for seasoned hunters to revisit the material. To take the NRA Hunter Education online course or learn more, visit About the National Rifle Association Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. 5.5 million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit

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AZ STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N P.O. Box 74424 Phoenix, AZ 85087 623-687-4251

IN STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 40025 Indianapolis, IN 46240 812-534-3258

AR RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 2348 Conway, AR 72003 501-327-4702

IA FIREARMS COALITION PO Box 310 Moville, IA 51039 515-423-0391

CA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N, INC. 271 E Imperial Hwy Ste 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772

KS STATE RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 219 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-608-1910

CO STATE SHOOTING ASS'N P.O.Box 519 Elizabeth, CO 80107 719-966-7512

LEAGUE of KY SPORTSMEN, INC. 1116 Hume Rd Lexington, KY 40516 859-858-0135

CT STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASS'N P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 860-480-4600

LA SHOOTING ASS'N 350 Quill Ct. Slidell, LA 70461 985-781-4174

DE STATE SPORTSMEN’S ASS'N P.O. Box 94 Lincoln, DE 19960

ME PINE TREE STATE R&P ASS'N, INC 14 Pine Road Wiscasset, ME 04578 207-882-4713

FL SPORT SHOOTING ASS'N, INC. P.O.Box 56261 Jacksonville, FL 32241 904-880-1715

MD STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS'N 341 Whitfield Rd Catonsville, MD 21228 410-838-1734

GA SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N 880 Marietta Highway - PO Box 351 Roswell, GA, 30075 478-955-7068


PO Box 567, 361 W Main St Northborough, MA 01606 508-393-5333

HI RIFLE ASSOCIATION PO Box 543 Kailua, HI 96734 808-224-2824

MI RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 71 Marshall, MI 49068-0071 269-781-1223

MO SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N 6140 N. Wagon Trail Rd. Columbia, MO 65202-9658 314-440-3811 MT RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-579-8694 (weekends only) NE MARKSMANSHIP ASS’N PO Box 390311 Omaha, NE 68139 402-880-4868 NV FIREARMS COALITION 5575 Simmons St, Ste I-176 North Las Vegas, NV 89031 702-353-5935 GUN OWNERS OF NH, INC. P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 ASS'N OF NJ R&P CLUBS, INC. 5 Sicomac Rd Ste 292 North Haledon, NJ 07508 973-764-4100 NM SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 93433 Albuquerque, NM 87199 505-990-1802 NY STATE R&P ASS’N, INC. 713 Columbia Pike East Greenbush, NY 12061 518-272-2654 NC RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-639-4742

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NRA Affiliated State Associations ND SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N P.O. Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-255-4601

UT STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 2718 E. 9725 South Sandy, UT 84092-3405 801-942-6529

OH RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N PO Box 1201 Morehead, KY 40351-5201 330-714-3597

VT FED'N OF SPRTMN’S CLUBS, INC. PO Box 225 Lyndonville, VT 05851 802-535-7111

OK RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 280 Maud, OK 74854-0280 405-374-9262

VA SHOOTING SPORTS ASS’N P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848

OR STATE SHOOTING ASS’N P.O. Box 231191 Portland, OR 97281-1161 503-635-5874

WA STATE R&P ASS'N, INC. P.O. Box 64971 University Place, WA 98464 253-439-8622


WV STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOC. PO Box 553 Charles Town, WV 25414 304-539-2944

GUN RIGHTS & SAFETY ASS'N OF PR PO Box 191919 San Juan, PR 00919-1919 787-691-1919 RI 2nd AMENDMENT COALITION 928 Atwood Ave Johnston, RI 02919 401-944-1600 GUN OWNERS OF SC P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-345-5761

WISCONSIN FORCE PO Box 130 Seymour, WI 54165 607-799-3539 WY STATE SHOOTING ASS'N, INC. Box 942 Worland, WY 82401 307-335-9323

SD SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N PO Box 956 Pierre, SD 570501 650-660-1059 TN SHOOTING SPORTS ASS'N, INC. 4442 Gray's Point Rd Joelton, TN 37080 615-491-2633

TX STATE RIFLE ASS'N P.O. Box 2140 Bastrop, TX 78640 512-615-4200

NRA Clubs & Associations • 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 • Spring 2018 • NRA CLUB CONNECTION • 27

NRA Field Representative Directory Director of Field Staff

Alfred L. "Al" Hammond III

EASTERN REGION Eastern Regional Director

Bryan Hoover

Area 2 (NY) Bruce McGowan

Area 4 (DE, Eastern PA)

Kory Enck

Area 5 (Western PA)

Bob Tekavec

Area 7 (WV, Western VA, Western MD)

Michael Swackhamer

Area 45 (DC, Eatern MD, Eastern VA)

David Wells

Area 49 (Northern OH)

Marc Peugeot

Area 51 (MI) Allan Herman

CENTRAL REGION Central Regional Director

Donald Higgs

Area 14 (IN) Josh Toennessen

Area 18 (Northern IL) Jason Wolfe Area 21 (MN) Eric Linder Area 19 (MO South)

Tim Besancenez

Area 23 (IA, NE)

Dennis Conger

Area 29 (WY) Logan Duff

SOUTHERN REGION Southern Regional Director

Mike Webb

Area 9 (SC)

Nathan Cantrell

Area 10 (GA) Neely Raper Area 42 (Western NC)

Doug Merrill

Area 43 (TN)

Brian Allen

Area 48 (Southern FL)

Tom Knight

SOUTH CENTRAL REGION South Central Regional Director

Tom Ulik

Area 20 (OK, KS)

Tyler Kirby

Area 44 (Eastern TX)

Liz Foley

Area 26 (Southern TX)

Tyler Ward

Area 30 (CO) Brad Dreier

NRA Clubs & Associations • 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 •

NRA Field Representative Directory WESTERN REGION Western Regional Director

Brad Kruger

Area 28 (MT) Joseph Crismore

Area 33 (ID) Steve Vreeland

Area 38 (Southern AK)

Greg Stephens

Area 35 (Northern CA)

Daniel Wilhelm

Area 46 (Eastern CA, NVW)

Cole Beverly

Area 50 (Mid California)

Sheila Boer

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