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President’s Column: Bloomberg’s All-Consuming Agenda
Club Awards 2012
Youth Education Summit
Shooting as a Family Affair
Blu Core Range
The Long and Short of It
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All-Consuming Agenda By James W. Porter II, NRA President
ew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was once asked by NBC’s David Gregory how much he was willing to spend to spread his vision for gun control to every corner of the nation. “I think I have an obligation as an American and as a citizen, as a human being, to help others. Smoking is gonna kill a billion people this century. I put $600 million of my own money into trying to stop the tobacco companies … That’s one issue. Who knows with this?” Bloomberg’s comparison of the Second Amendment to smoking totally gave his game away. What he really believes is that our culture of freedom is harmful to us and should be liquidated a step at a time. Private ownership of arms by peaceable Americans is not akin to smoking. It is intrinsically a wonder of liberty protected by the Bill of Rights that empowers individuals to defend home, family, community and country. It is the great equalizer against violence from all quarters. Bloomberg recently declared,“Ido think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom.” Yet, at the same time, he has cynically claimed,“ Idon’t think there’s anybody that’s defended the Second Amendment as much as I have.” He says this as to the meaning of his Second Amendment versus ours: “You can read it to say [our Founding Fathers] only talked about militias, or you can read it to say they wanted guns in your pocket. I don’t know, that’s up to you.” What he really means is “up to Michael Bloomberg and my money.” Michael Bloomberg isn’t just another citizen— he is the 13th richest man in the world. NRA’s total annual budget is chump change to him. With the creation and personal funding of a cabal of urban political machines, Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and his self-funded multi-million dollar super Political Action Committee, Bloomberg is obsessed with becoming a dictator over the Second Amendment. In his self-absorbed orbit, Bloomberg is so rich and so arrogant that laws simply don’t apply to him. Money bought Bloomberg his mayorship, with millions spent in self-funded campaigns, immune from the campaign finance laws he demanded for others. Though New York City’s mayoral office was covered by a term limit law enacted through public referendum, Bloomberg swept it aside with a vote of his puppet city counsel. Using taxpayer funds and city personnel and facilities to press his private political agenda on guns, MAIG’s
vitriolic website runs off city equipment, and government staff act as gun-ban operatives. Bloomberg even used city resources to impose his will over lawful firearm commerce through court action using a hand-picked federal judge in Brooklyn. Bloomberg installed what amounted to his private gun control— by court order—in many corners of the nation. Bloomberg sent out teams of city-paid detectives to other states where they willfully violated federal firearm laws to demonstrate that criminals could do the same. His agents committed multiple federal felonies at licensed dealers and got away with it. That felonious activity was put in motion to propagate false claims about the flow of guns into New York City even though Bloomberg knows thereare federal laws covering every aspect of criminal and illegal firearm commerce in every corner of the nation. Bloomberg’s complicity in the non-enforcement of existing federal laws has allowed carnage on the streets of New York, leading to the deaths and wounding of thousands of innocent victims. In terms of 2012 enforcement of federal gun laws against violent criminals, New York ranks 89th of 90 federal prosecutorial jurisdictions. But enforcing federal laws would give lie to Bloomberg’s claims that what the nation needs is New York City-style gun control. He talks about only going after “illegal guns” but, in his vision, guns you and I own would be declared “illegal” and become contraband. In New York City,any gun possessed by a peaceable citizen without permission of Bloomberg’s government is an illegal gun. Bloomberg doesn’t just hate guns, hehates us for being free to possess them. Michael Bloomberg is an elitist without peer who, as mayor of New York City, has banned table salt, trans fats, noise, traffic and big sodas—for starters. His all-consuming agenda would control the individual liberty of choice for ordinary Americans whom he believes are too stupid to possess such freedom. Bloomberg can buy the media and buy government, but he can’t buy freedom. It is not for sale. As members of NRA, we are the one power that stands between Bloomberg and the tyranny he would inflict all across America.
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Club Awards Congratulations,
to our 2012 Outstanding Club Award Winners!
Outstanding Club Award Winner PSC Shooting Club Each year the National Rifle Association recognizes outstanding clubs, state associations, youth clubs, and an individual for public service. The Annual Awards program recognizes significant accomplishments achieved in areas of organization, operation, and public service rendered. These awards are presented to their honored recipients at the 2013 Fall NRA Board of Directors Meetings. The Donn C. DiBiasio Outstanding Club Award is presented annually to an NRA-affiliated club with a highly distinguished record of service and organization. The club selected to receive thisaward must epitomize the ideals to which all NRA-affiliated clubs should strive. The recipient of the 2012 Donn C. DiBiasio Outstanding Club Award is the PSC Shooting Club of Friendswood, Texas. Since its foundation in 1966, the PSC Shooting Club has always been 100% NRA. Over a four year period, PSC has experienced a 78% increase in membership, bringing their current member total to over 3,000. The tremendous growth the club has experienced identified the need to modernize communication with their members and led to the upgrade of a renovated website; expansion of online programs for membership and event registration; and a new system of emails and eNewsletters. PSC Shooting Club also boasts active Junior and Women’s programs, and works hand-in-hand with NRA and Texas State Rifle Association in legislative matters. Additionally, the Club is dedicated to community service and works directly with local law enforcement agencies, 4 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Winter 2013/2014
Outstanding State Association Award Winner Illinois State Rifle Association Boy Scouts, FFA, Jakes and other youth organizations. The Outstanding State Association Award is presented in honor of a state association’s effectiveness in carrying out the purposes and objectives of the National Rifle Association in their state. The recipient of the 2012 Outstanding State Association Award is Illinois State Rifle Association. The Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) maintains a constant membership recruitment program to recruit and organize new people into the shooting sports through NRA mailings, individual recruiters, gun shows and special events. Current membership totals over 30,000 shooters. The ISRA actively communicates with all of their members through a printed newsletter, weekly email updates, and alerts and notices via social media. In addition, the ISRA has a long list of competitive shooting programs each year, which consist of ISRA registered matches and league matches. In 2012, all registered matches totaled 142, with approximately 5,680 individual match participants. ISRA maintains several education, training and public services programs including over 30 classes each year and outreach programs including: NRA Day at the ISRA Range; Susan G. Komen Shoot for the Cure fundraiser; Savage Day; 2 Sighting-in Days, Women On Target, and an Attorney Referral Services. The Association supports Youth as well with an NRA Youth
2012 Outstanding Youth Club Award Winner Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club Camp; support to over 15 Boy Scout Troups; sponsor shotgun clinics in conjunction with ATA’s AIM program; and have even established their own 4-H program. In addition, ISRA is the leading firearm advocacy group in Illinois, maintaining four lobbyists in Springfield, the state capital. The Outstanding Youth Club Award is presented annually to an NRA-affiliated youth club that has demonstrated noteworthy achievement in all aspects of club operation.The recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Youth Club Award is Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club of Baltimore, Maryland. The Arlington Rifle & Pistol Club has been in existence since 1944 and the Junior program was established in 1977. Arlington Rifle and Pistol Club not only makes extraordinary contributions to the community by teaching marksmanship and firearm safety to their youth, but they have a willingness to share their shooting knowledge, skills and attitude with youth on any team. The Public Service Award is presented to the individual or club whose volunteer activities have been instrumental in promoting objectives of the NRA on a national level or whose activities have had a national impact on the shooting sports. The recipient of the 2012 Public Service Award is Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute of Chicago Heights, Illinois.
Public Service Award Winner Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute The Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute is being recognized for their outstanding public service by providing firearms education and training for both civilians and private and public police agencies in firearms, defensive tactics, and SWAT tactics. More recently, the organization initiated a self-defense program titled “Basic Handgun Fundamentals for Police Wives” which has received national recognition. It is an 8 hour class which teaches nomenclature, loading, clearing, and safe handling of firearms. Upon completion of their Combat Classification Qualification course, the women will receive their NRA Marksmanship ranking certificate in either Marksman, Sharpshooter, or Expert. The Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute has also done great work with both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, and has even mentored Eric Keyes Jr. contestant on Season 4 of “Top Shot” For more information on this program and how to apply on behalf of your club or organization, visit our website at http://clubs.nra.org/nraclub-awards.aspx or call (800) NRA CLUB.
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he NRA is now accepting applications for the 2014 Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.). Each summer, forty-five exceptional high school sophomores and juniors are selected to attend the summit held in the Washington, DC, area. Over the course of five days, these students gain a unique perspective on American government, history, politics, and the mission of the NRA through an exciting itinerary and curriculum. Y.E.S. activities include: • Listening to special presentations about community outreach, youth programs, and political activism from NRA leaders at NRA Headquarters • Touring the US Capitol, the Supreme Court, museums, monuments, and memorials • Meeting a congressman • Competing in team debates at Hillsdale College’s Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship in Washington • Witnessing the Changing of the Guard and wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery • An interactive visit to Quantico Marine Corps Base and the National Museum of the Marine Corps Applicants typically exhibit an interest in American history, government, politics, or the military, and many have experience in the shooting sports, though that is not a prerequisite for admission. Our students expand their knowledge and learn new skills to prepare them
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for informed citizenship and they inevitably form great friendships with likeminded teens from all over the country. Additionally, at the end of the summit, NRA awards $15,000 in college scholarships to exemplary participants. After the summit, alumni have nine months to prepare and apply for the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship, which awards up to $15,000 each year to students who implement NRA programs such as Women on Target® or the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program in their communities. Start an application today! The application is very thorough and comprehensive, including high school transcriptions, a personal statement, an essay about the Second Amendment, and at least three letters of recommendation. Application deadline is February 1. Residents of Alaska, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia must first apply to and attend their respective State Y.E.S. program to be considered for admission to National Y.E.S. Go to www.friendsofnra.org/yes or send an email to email@example.com for more information.
The NRA Sports Department is proud to present a fun, exhilarating and physical activity to expose new and intermediate shooters to the fastest growing action shooting sport in the world, 3 Gun. This is a safe, family-fun, mildly competitive, recreational event. Utilizing modern sporting .22 rifles, .22 pistols and shotguns as well as AirSoft rifles, pistols and shotguns, NRA 3 Gun Experience Events are designed to fully equip each participant with the same firearms and ammunition, to give them all a level playing field. Depending how the shooting course is staged, participants may also have to demonstrate their athletic and tactical abilities through this run and gun program. This program is intended to help ranges reach new shooters and maximize the number of participants reached at any NRA 3 Gun Experience event. To Find Out More About the NRA 3 Gun Experience Program, Please Visit nrasports.nra.org/3-gun-shooting-events.aspx
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FEATURE // NRA MEETING RESOLUTION
BY NRA STAFF // PHOTO BY LLOYD HILL
BOARD REAFFIRMS NRA’S SUPPORT OF COMPETITIVE SHOOTING Re-af-firm (rē -fûrm ): e
to restate or express agreement with or commitment to; uphold; support.
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uring their September 2013 meeting in Arlington, VA, NRA Board members reaffirmed the Association’s commitment to the shooting sports by unanimously passing the following resolution. The significance of such action is to formally remind leadership and NRA members of the historic and continued importance of one of the five objectives of the Association, to wit: To foster and promote the shooting sports…
RESOLUTION of the BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA WHEREAS, The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) was originally founded in 1871 for the purpose of serving as America’s national organization dedicated to the patriotic endeavor of training civilians in the use of military arms so as to enable patriotic citizens to be fully prepared to come to the defense of their country in times of war and national crisis; and
WHEREAS, Article II of the Bylaws of the National Rifle Association sets forth the Corporate Purposes and Objectives of our Association, Number 4 of which reads as follows: “To foster and promote the shooting sports, including the advancement of amateur competitions in marksmanship at the local, state, regional, national and international levels;” and
WHEREAS, The founders of this great Association recognized early on that the best method for encouraging marksmanship practice among patriotic Americans was to harness the American competitive spirit, thus giving birth to the NRA’s competitive shooting programs and the National Matches; and
WHEREAS, Since our founding, competitive shooting has been and remains a fundamental business of the National Rifle Association of America as a core service to our members, serving not only as the basis for all safety and marksmanship training, but further serving to provide Americans
with an opportunity to responsibly and safely exercise their Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and giving to individuals, clubs and teams an incentive to protect and defend those rights and to encourage others to do likewise; and WHEREAS, During the years immediately following the end of World War II and the Korean Conflict, the NRA enjoyed a tremendous growth in the formation of NRA affiliated clubs as the result of those returning veterans seeking an opportunity to enjoy and exercise the shooting skills they had learned while in service to our country in a recreational and social environment founded upon a competitive shooting format; and Winter 2013/2014 • NRA Sports magazine • 9
FEATURE // NRA MEETING RESOLUTION WHEREAS, Much of this Association’s political success in protecting and defending the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms for lawful purposes is directly attributable to the efforts of the clubs and associations that make up NRA’s network of clubs and associations, many of which began as and to this day remain “competitive shooting clubs;” and
modern American culture, providing goodwill and positive publicity for the NRA throughout America, as well as internationally; and
WHEREAS, When modern Americans think in terms of competitive shooting disciplines and events, they immediately and automatically think of the NRA; and
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT
WHEREAS, The NRA’s competitive shooting programs and events are well respected and well received throughout
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WHEREAS, The NRA is fully recognized and respected throughout the free world as America’s official representative to the International Shooting Community;
RESOLVED, That the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association of America does hereby re-state, re-acknowledge and reaffirm its support for and commitment to NRA Competitive Shooting, America’s competitive shooting community, and to NRA’s competitive shooting members; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the contents of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of this meeting and that a copy be published electronically in Shooting Sport USA and in such other electronic publications of this Association as the Executive Vice President may deem to be appropriate; posted on NRA’s Competitive Shooting Division’s web page; transmitted electronically to each NRA State Association and NRA competitive shooting club; and sent via e-mail to each registered competitor and volunteer participating in each of NRA’s National Championship events conducted during the 2013 competitive shooting season.
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NRA-Institute for Legislative Action Federal Update President Obama and his anti-gun cronies, like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have made it clear that they want to ban your guns. In fact, in a recent speech, the President talked admiringly of what the Australians did (legally-owned firearms were confiscated from law-abiding citizens who lawfully owned them for sport and for self-defense), and said that he would like to see that happen in the U.S.
Although the anti-gunners would have you believe that they are only going after “military-style firearms,” the reality is that many of the proposals at both the state level and in Congress target many firearms that are commonly-used for self-defense, hunting and the shooting sports. Don’t let the gun banners fool you; the President’s gun control agenda affects every single lawabiding gun owner in America, and it’s our job to fight back!
FrontLines™ Volunteer Program The FrontLines™ program is for supporters who want to actively assist in promoting and protecting our Second Amendment rights. In addition to being part of our NRA-ILA Grassroots Facebook page, FrontLines™ Volunteers receive priority invitations to all local NRA grassroots events, timely legislative and political information, materials, networking and volunteer opportunities in their communities, and direct access to NRA-ILA Grassroots Staff. The program is absolutely free! To enroll, click the “Get Involved Locally” section of www.NRAILA.org. Election Volunteer Coordinators (EVCs) Our premiere grassroots program, NRA-ILA’s EVCs are individual members who act as the liaisons between pro-gun voters and pro-gun candidates’ campaigns in their area. EVCs and their volunteer networks also assist in promoting NRA-ILA’s legislative agendas in Congress and in their state legislature. NRA-ILA EVCs serve as the tips of our grassroots arrow in their own communities, mobilizing local volunteer networks for political and legislative action. To identify and contact your area EVC, click the “Get Involved Locally” section of www.NRAILA.org. Campaign Field Representatives (CFRs) Each election season, NRA-ILA deploys Campaign Field Representatives (CFRs) to targeted states and districts to mobilize pro-gun voters for political action. CFRs work to register voters, organize phone banks and neighborhood walks, attend events, visit gun shops, gun clubs, gun shows and shooting ranges and turn out the pro-Second Amendment vote on Election Day.
The NRA-ILA Grassroots Division has been hard at work educating and mobilizing our members and volunteers to fight back against the onslaught of anti-gun proposals in Congress and the state legislatures. With a multitude of grassroots programs, we have a way for every gun owner to become more actively involved in the fight to protect our freedom.
NRA University NRA University is a program to identify, train and mobilize the next generation of grassroots volunteers in the fight to protect our rights. NRA-ILA Grassroots staff will host free workshops on college campuses to educate students on the truth about the Second Amendment, the myths of gun control, and how to become a Second Amendment activist both on and off campus. You can find NRA U on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NRAUniversity. Second Amendment Activist Centers The Second Amendment Activist Center program builds mutually beneficial relationships between NRA-ILA and pro-gun business owners. These centers serve as distribution hubs for important legislative and political materials. In turn, those businesses who serve as Second Amendment Activist Centers will be listed on NRA-ILA’s website and be periodically promoted via email. There is no cost in becoming a Second Amendment Activist Center, and NRA-ILA provides the materials. For a list of Second Amendment Activist Centers in your area, click the “Get Involved Locally” section of www.NRAILA.org. To work with your CFR, call the Grassroots Division at (800) 392-VOTE (8683), and ask to speak to your state’s Grassroots Coordinator. We don’t expect every gun owner to be able to do everything in defense of our Second Amendment rights. By providing a variety of tailored grassroots programs, however, we are working to ensure every gun owner is able to do something!
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shooting competition at another club, participating in a fundraiser, or other normal club activities that occur away from the club premises, the club and its members are covered. Coverage for club activities conducted in other states: General liability coverage applies in the coverage territory which includes the U.S. and its territories, Puerto Rico and Canada. Worldwide coverage applies for an insured, whose home is in the coverage territory, while away for a short time on business. The policy excludes any premises used for the purpose of holding one or more gun or firearm shows. These can be insured separately. Coverage for club members: Coverage includes club members as insureds. This means an individual member, as well as the club, would be defended for allegations of negligence relating to club activities. Coverage for guests: Members are insureds on the club’s policy; however, guests are not covered in the same manner. If a guest using a range injures another person in a shooting exercise, or damages property, the guest causing the injury is likely to be named in a complaint, and because the incident happened on club grounds, the club is also named in the complaint. Under this insurance, the club has protection for the guest’s actions, but the guest is not covered. The same would hold true for a trespasser that is injured on
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by Joe Ryan, Founder of Living History Education Foundation
Does riding horseback in full Civil War regalia across a battlefield spark your interest? Would the ideas of crewing a bateau across Lake Champlain, working on an archaeological site at Sackets Harbor or firing a Brown Bess or Enfield rifled musket draw you in? Imagine everything you would see in a French, Indian or Civil War encampment. Tents, uniforms, muskets, craft tools, cookware and all the gear of the period are at your fingertips. The smells of woodstoves, old canvas and gunpowder periodically fill theair. It would seem as though we’ve traveled back in time to the early years of this Great Nation as we have come to know it today. With the campfire down to glowing coals, the slight breeze coming off Lake Champlain kept the mosquitoes at bay. The day was hot on the recruit but not unbearable in his linen shirt. He looked at the Sergeant in his wool regimental coat with a sense of pity though he was probably used to it. The young man was a little in awe at how the Sergeant seemed to take everything in stride. Musket drill was quite the awakening. Seventeen different commands followed by carefully choreographed moves were bellowed. The recruit learned quickly to be aware of the soldiers around him so as not to be burned or worse. Volleys of musket fire came crashing like the hammers of hell were calling! The firing of the cannons split the air like thunder. If this is a rehearsal, what will the battlefield be like? The recruit’s hands were made rough from hours of making fascines, notching logs for, mixing clay and straw for walls and shaving shingles for huts.With the platoon working in unison, these duties went swimminglyfast. “These will be my comrades on the battlefield,” thought the recruit. As he looked upon the straight lines of white tents illuminated by a few candle lit lanterns, the novice soldier began to wonder how many nights would be spent in this strictly ordered world? How many mileswould be marched in their ranks? How many battles would they fight? In reality, the “recruit” is typically a seasoned teacher. Often times, having been the recipient of a Master’s Degree of some sort with years of experience.What is he or she doing here? This educator has decided to live history and leave the classroom for a more visceral experience than anything that can be 16 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Winter 2013/2014
read from a textbook. Having grown weary of the conventions of the classroom, these elementary, middle and high school teachers, accompanied by librarians, and even a district superintendent have come together for something very unique. They are gathered for weekend and weeklong graduate or in-service courses offered by the Living History Education Foundation. With coordination and co-sponsorship coming from Teacher Centers, School District Staff Development, New York State Parks, N.Y.S. French and Indian War 250th Anniversary Commission, SUNY Plattsburgh and College of New Rochelle these events embody great authenticity. If outfitting a class of your students in this manner fires your imagination, then you need to call the LHEF at 914-739-0136! Please visit our website at www.livinghistoryed. org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come and look through the Mists of Time!
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SHOOTING AS A FAMILY AFFAIR: A Family Event at the Pistol Range I Will Never Forget by Brian C. Smith
n occasion our family would travel to the local Moose Lodge Gun Club range and shoot for practice and a fun competition among the family. There was no formal training among the kids, just brief tips on handling the gun safely and keeping horseplay to a minimum. My youngest two kids are now reaching their pre-teens and to my surprise, all of my off-springs have inquired about actually competing in a firearms competition. They expressed their feelings about how boring the trip has been by just following mom and dad to the pistol matches at the Iroquois County Fairgrounds just to watch us compete at this monthly event. They wanted to be more than just spectators, they wanted to compete. With that being said, we decided to support the kids in this endeavor, even though the entire country is suffering from an ammo shortage. The pistol shooting competitions at this venue are primarily attended by adults. Therefore, we took into consideration some adults may have concerns about safety on the range when the adult competitors observe a group of pre-teen children on the firing line with guns. I wanted to minimize the uncomfortable atmosphere for the attending adults and for my children. I gathered the kids together at the same time and spent about 4 hours at the house 18 â&#x20AC;˘ NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE â&#x20AC;˘ Winter 2013/2014
on classroom instruction. Our training consisted of an informal format of the NRA home firearms safety class combined with the Basic Pistol Course. Each child was treated as a student and issued all the necessary materials and equipment to participate in the class. The following day we went to the range. My family is faithful members of the Moose Lodge, Chicago Heights Chapter 828, and their Gun Club, which we frequent quite often. We spent approximately 4 hours at the range rehashing the same drills that were performed at home. We used dummy rounds when we simulated the procedures of loading and unloading the guns while at the house. The kids were performing robotically to the range commands and safe gun handling procedures when they drew from the holster. As we progressed to the live ammunition exercises, I noticed the other shooters at the range were nudging each other to pay attention to the kids performing their gun manipulations. One old time moose member approached me during a brief break in our exercises and complimented on what he observed in this training sessions. He also mentioned how he would like to recommend some the lodgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adults members take part in this class, so these adults could get introduced
to a few of the principles involving gun safety. I also could not help but notice several other shooters stopped their activity just to observe the kids practicing. That following weekend the family who on this day consisted of the three younger children of my five off-springs, along with my granddaughter and my domestic partner (Mary) drove out to the Iroquois County Fair Grounds (IL) to participate in the first pistol match for the 2013 season. This annual event starts in April and the last match concludes the season in October and is hosted by the Iroquois County Law Enforcement Association, which I have looked forward to shooting in this annual event for the last 20 plus years. When we were arrived at the fairgrounds, the entire family was excited about us participating as a group. I created a great deal of laughter among the group with comical jokes directed to each family member present as we began our short walk from the vehicle up to the event. If you could have seen the facial expressions of some the old timers when we walked into the building and the kids began donning their gear. It was obvious that some adults may have felt a little uncomfortable or unsafe when observing my kids placing firearms in their holsters. When the Range Master announced
Facing Page: This is the second day of training with my kids. We were at the Chicago Heights Moose Lodge Gun Club range. Clockwise from Top Left: The family lined up outside the training center prior to their participation in the match to show off their pistols. (L-R) Aleah, Brian Sr., Brian Jr., Mary, Mariah, and Aysia.) These young shooters were on the line loading magazines and preparing for the next stage of fire. Mary was keeping close observation of theshooters to correct any rule infraction. Mr. Doug Hale, the Range Master for this event, exited his command booth to compliment the family on their firearms handling skills.
“Shooters may approached the line for the next match,” we as a family marched out to the firing line in a single file regiment as I instructed. These kids were briefed prior to our arrival on their attitude and reminded to keep their playfulness kept to a minimum. They followed all the commands as practiced and did a great job in handling the guns safely during the competition. There are four stages of fire in the 48 round combat pistol match and after the third stage of fire, Mr. Doug Hale, the range master exited the command booth and slowly walked towards my family on the firing line. He had this stern look on his face. I couldn’t see his eyes due to his sunglasses he was wearing and it was impossible to read Mr. Hale’s facial expression. So I was a little puzzled why he came out of the booth. My first thought was, what infractions had my kids committed that I did not observe and correct. Mr. Hale put his arm around my 9 year old son’s shoulders, and then yelled out to the rest of the people on
the firing line to stop what they were doing and pay attention. He then looked directly at me and said, “I want to compliment you and Mary on the work you put into training your children on safe gun handling and range safety rules. At no time did I feel unsafe after observing the children’s discipline on the line. Both of you as parents did a great job.” The range master then walked back into the command booth and finished the final stage of the match. I must admit, Mr. Hale’s compliment was a million dollar statement that overwhelmed me and I was little teary eyed, but was able to maintain composure and hide behind the dark lenses of my range safety glasses. On this date, 7 April 2013, I was enriched with a sense of being an extremely proud parent and a firearms instructor, when I can receive a compliment of that caliber from a highly respected veteran of the firearms and shooting profession. This will be a date among many in my memoirs of history that I will never forget.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brian C. Smith has been a NRA firearms instructor since 1985, certified by the Law Enforcement Activities Division and the Civilian Division. March 2013, he was appointed NRA Training Counselor with ratings in all the firearms disciplines. Brian is also certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board for handgun, shotgun and rifle. He is a retired Police Captain, former Police Chief with a total 35 years of police experience and founder/Director of the Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute. The Institute is also the proud winner of the 2012 “Public Service Award“ announced by the National Rifle Association. Brian has earned an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement, and a graduate of the 184th session of the FBI National Academy. Brian can be reached by email at email@example.com or business “Facebook” page at “Metropolitan Police Self-Defense Institute.”
Winter 2013/2014 • NRA Sports magazine • 19
Re-defining the Firearms Experience
his past year has been a wild rollercoaster ride for anyone involved in the shooting sports or firearms industry. The Second Amendment has been under attack like we’ve never seen before, and gun control advocates and the media have been working overtime to paint a negative picture of the ‘stereotypical’ gun owner. At BluCore Shooting Center, we were tired of seeing gun owners misrepresented in the media, so we decided to introduce the public to real gun owners in our new blog series entitled, “The New Face of Gun Ownership in America.” The purpose of this new blog series is to “re-define gun ownership in America.” We had noticed that more and more of our customers at BluCore Shooting Center didn’t fit into the stereotypical mold of who owns, shoots, or carries a firearm. What better way to break down these stereotypes than to introduce America to some of our amazing customers. There is no ‘typical’ gun owner; our customers come from a variety of backgrounds and are involved in the shooting sports for varied reasons. Just as there is no ‘typical’ gun owner, BluCore Shooting Center is not your typical shooting range or gun store. BluCore is owned and operated by 20 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Winter 2013/2014
two former Navy SEALs who are on a mission to “re-define the firearms experience.” Eric Frohardt and Sean Haberberger spent a combined total of 20 years fighting for America and the American values of liberty, courage, and freedom. As you can guess, the right to keep and bear arms is near and dear to their hearts. They are in this business because they feel strongly about our Second Amendment rights, and because they believe that those who want to train should receive the best training available. To ensure that their customers receive top notch training, BluCore hired Jeff Houston, a former Green Beret, as their Director of Training. Jeff has developed a solid training program that utilizes combat proven firearms and self defense techniques; the same techniques in use by members of the Special Operations community. Class offerings include pistol, rifle, and shotgun training; realistic ‘threat/ no threat’ scenario training; Combat Mindset and self defense training; and an intensive Concealed Carry Pistol class that is one of the best out there. When you have former Navy SEALs leading the way, you know that standards will be high and that
you will be going “full speed ahead!” In two and a half years, they have accomplished a lot! They revamped an existing range to be a state-of-the-art indoor shooting range, gun store, and training facility. Their indoor range boasts twelve pistol lanes, plus a 100-yard indoor rifle range with 5 lanes. They also opened a separate facility in Denver called the Black Site where selfdefense and preparedness classes are held, including airsoft classes that simulate real life ‘threat/no threat’ scenarios. Not content to open two brick and mortar facilities, they opened an online gun store in July 2012. Their online gun store gives customers nationwide access to over 60,000 items including guns, gear, ammo, and accessories. In July 2013, Colorado’s “large capacity” magazine ban when into effect and forced BluCore to find a location that was more “Second Amendment friendly” to house its online store operations. BluCore now has a retail store in Round Rock, Texas. Opening three facilities and an online gun store is a lot to take on in such a short period of time, but they did not let their standards drop during this busy time. In fact, BluCore Shooting Center recently became a very proud recipient of the Five Star Range certification from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). To meet the NSSF’s criteria for a Five Star facility, a range must demonstrate excellence in all aspects of management and operations. Ranges are rated on appearance, management, customer service, amenities, customer development and community relations. There are only 35 shooting ranges throughout the United States that have earned the Five Star rating, and BluCore Shooting Center is the only Five Star Range in the State of Colorado! At the same time, BluCore also became a BBB Accredited business. Earning these certifications and accreditations are just part of what makes BluCore unique. BluCore also believes in supporting those who have fought for our country. One of the ways they do this is by employing former military service members at our Lakewood and Round Rock facilities. It can be hard for veterans to find work after they leave the military, but we find that their knowledge and work ethic is a great fit at BluCore. We also support veterans by raising awareness and money
for a variety of charities such as: Folds of Honor, Navy SEAL Foundation, Warrior Dog Foundation, and by promoting R.E.D. Shirt Fridays (“Remember Everyone Deployed”). Last but not least, we offer discounted range memberships to ALL veterans. Whether you are active duty, retired, former military, or a disabled veteran, you will be eligible for the Patriot Membership at our range. BluCore also finds ways to give back to the community. We don’t consider BluCore a place just to go shooting or to purchase a gun; we are a community resource. We encourage everyone to learn about gun safety and the proper handling and storage of firearms, so we offer a free firearms safety class every month. Even those who don’t plan to own or shoot a firearm benefit from taking this class. In addition to our free firearms safety class, we offer Intro to Pistol Ownership and Intro to Rifle Ownership. These free classes promote the core safety rules for safe handling of firearms, and cover the basics of proper loading, unloading, and clearing of pistols and rifles. We don’t have to offer free classes, but we want to because one accidental or negligent discharge is one too many. As you can see, BluCore is striving to set a new standard for gun ranges and gun stores across the country. No matter what challenges our industry faces in the future, BluCore will continue to advocate for our Second Amendment rights, promote a realistic portrait of gun owners in America, support our veterans and our community, and “re-define the firearms experience!” BluCore Shooting Center is a full service range, retail, and training center located just outside of Denver at 7860 W. Jewell Avenue, Lakewood, CO, 80232. Learn more about our shooting center, the Black Site, and our online gun store by visiting www.blucoreshootingcenter.com. The New Faces of Gun Ownership blog is at www.blucoreshootingcenter.com/blog/?cat=503.
Winter 2013/2014 • NRA Sports magazine • 21
Range Expansion coming soon to Centreville, VA’s IWLA
fter school, some kids go to the swimming pool, or the football field. But I go to a tractor shed at IWLA (Izaak Walton League of America) in Centerville, VA. This well-used concrete rectangle is where I call home. It is a seven-lane air rifle range which hosts 5 high school teams and two days of open practice for anyone age 5-95. It is a community resource that brings parents, kids, and friends together every week. When I found out about my coach’s plan to expand the range, I was ecstatic! That would meant no more one hour waits for another shooter to finish. That also means no three relay high school matches because we couldn’t all shoot in one relay. The plan is to turn the current building into a parent’s lounge/storage space/bathroom area/ classroom and to create a 25 lane range connected to the back. As with any building expansion, the biggest
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issue we have is money. To raise the 115,000 dollars it would cost, major fundraising had to be done. All the high schools donated money and we sold the naming rights of each lane. Every weekend for months, my friends and I would sell t-shirts and barbeque to raise just a few more dollars for the range. Finally, all the money was raised and the permits acquired. In September, we break ground, and four months later I will be able to shoot in this new range. We will host many matches in our area of Northern Virginia and be able to show three times as many people the joy shooting can bring.
Virginia ( ) Thrasher Captain West Springfield High School Rifle Team
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G u n - F r i e n d l y C r e d i t C a r d P r o c e s s i n g F o r F i r e a r m R e t a i l e r s by Nathan Danus Vice President Payment Alliance International West Palm Beach, FL
The NRA has always sought out and provided “best of breed” service partners that offer discounted goods or services which are paramount to running a successful firearms retail business. This is why for nearly eight years the NRA Business Alliance, Clubs Associations and Range Services has been a proud partner with Payment Alliance International. (PAI) “While other payment processors, banks and e-commerce gateways have taken up an anti-gun approach to processing the sale of firearms – particularly in an e-commerce or “card not present” environment, PAI has embraced the industry and helps to serve and protect our 2nd amendment rights”, explains Nathan Danus, Vice President of National Accounts at PAI. PAI’s comprehensive suite of payment products were specifically designed for the shooting sports professional. The NRA wanted a suite of payment products that would support the local retailer, range, club and manufacturer. 26 • NRA SPORTS MAGAZINE • Winter 2013/2014
That’s exactly what PAI delivered. Here’s what you’ll receive -Rates starting at just 0.75% -Gun friendly payment processing in any sales environment -Website payment processing for firearms -Mobile payment solutions for gun shows -Easy integration with GunBroker.com and GunAuction.com’s online checkout system -NEW!! Digital Donations program that allows your customers to donate back to the NRA right from the point of sale -NRA, NSSF, NASGW, FFL123 and SASS endorsed -Experts who truly understand your industry -24/7 world class customer support
With margins getting smaller and smaller it is essential for business owners to shave costs wherever and whenever they can.When you rely on Payment AllianceInternational for your payment processing, you will save upwards of 35% on credit card processing fees. Plus each time you run a credit card transaction, you’re helping to support the firearms industry as a portion of PAI’s revenue goes back to America’s hallmark organizations that help support and protect our 2nd amendment.
Changing the selling environment It wasn’t long ago that if you wanted to purchase a firearm or a box of ammo you would drive to your local FFL to make the purchase. In today’s every changing sales landscape, we’ve found that more and more FFL’s and shooting sports retailers are looking for second or even third distribution points. Whether that be through one of the major online auction houses or through their own website. PAI can set up the payment processing for both and help you expand your business footprint.
What to look for? As we continually look at the pains and challenges that face today’s firearms retailer, the question ultimately comes back to “how do I sell more products and increase my revenue?” One of the ways to do this is to make purchasing higher ticket firearms, optics or accessories easier on the
consumer. PAI has found a way to do this through a revolutionary new payment solution called TermPAY™ Let me paint the picture for you.How many times a week does a consumer walk in and ask to see a particular firearm off of the wall or under thecounter? After a couple minutes of checking out the controls, aiming it and a lot of smiling, they flip the price tag over and hand it back to the store clerk to put back on the wall. Obviously they loved it. So why didn’t they buy? After surveying thousands of FFLs and firearm collectors we’ve identified that it’s not the cost of the firearm but rather the “out of pocket cost.” This is no surprise in today’s economy but what if there was a way for the retailer to actually sell in that scenario by offering the consumer a deferred payment option? PAI has developed just that program. TermPAY™ allows buyers to pay just 20% down and defer the balance of their purchase over 3 or 6 months. The merchant is paid 100% within 48 hours of the purchase (minus a small processing fee) and the consumer gets to walk away with the firearm they really wanted that day. Sound too good to be true? It’s here! Be sure to ask the NRA or Payment Alliance International about TermPAY™ at SHOT Show this year. For more information about TermPAY™ or any of the other gun friendly merchant services provided by PAI under the NRA endorsed program please visit: www.GoPAI.com/NRA or call: 866-371-2273 opt. 1
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NRA Affiliated State Associations ALABAMA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION 2009 Rogers Dr Huntsville, AL 35811 256-534-7968 • James Moses, President email@example.com www.alabamaservicerifleteam.com/ ALASKA OUTDOOR COUNCIL, INC. P.O. Box 87-1069 Wasilla, AK 99687 907-841-6849 • Rod Arno, Exe. Director firstname.lastname@example.org www.alaskaoutdoorcouncil.org ARIZONA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 74424 New River, AZ 85087 623-687-4251 • Noble C. Hathaway, President email@example.com • Ed Roberts, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org www.asrpa.com ARKANSAS RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 2348 Conway, AR 72033 501-472-2316 • David Joyner, President email@example.com • Ann Fairless, Sec./Treas. firstname.lastname@example.org www.arpa-online.org CALIFORNIA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. 271 E Imperial Hwy Ste 620 Fullerton, CA 92835 714-992-2772 • Jim Shea, President email@example.com • John C. Fields, Exec. Director firstname.lastname@example.org www.crpa.org COLORADO STATE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION 510 Wilcox St Ste C Castle Rock, CO 80104 720-283-1376 • Tony Fabian, President email@example.com • David Gill, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org www.cssa.org CONNECTICUT STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 754 North Haven, CT 06473 203-272-1725 • Brad Palmer, President Csrra.email@example.com • Randy Bieler, Director firstname.lastname@example.org www.csrra.com
DELAWARE STATE SPORTSMEN’S ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 94 Lincoln, DE 19960 302-475-4228 • Daniel Lindbergh, Vice President email@example.com www.dssa.us FLORIDA SPORT SHOOTING ASSOCIATION, INC. 14629 SW 104 St #188 Miami, FL 33186 407-701-1030 • Al Dart, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org • Robert Stokes, President email@example.com www.flssa.org GEORGIA SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N PO Box 1733 Macon, GA 31202 478-955-7068 • Barbara Senbertrand, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Tom Patton, Secretary/Treasurer email@example.com www.gssa.com HAWAII RIFLE ASSOCIATION 407 Uluniu St Kailua, HI 96734 808-261-2754 • Harvey F. Gerwig, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Bill Richter, Secretary email@example.com www.hawaiirifleassociation.org IDAHO STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N PO Box 140293 Boise, ID 83714-4183 208-452-4183 • Neill Goodfellow, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Jon Carter, Secretary email@example.com www.idahosrpa.org ILLINOIS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 637 Chatsworth, IL 60921 815-635-3198 • Richard Pearson, Exe. Director firstname.lastname@example.org • Donald Moran, President email@example.com www.isra.org INDIANA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. 7527 State Route 56 Rising Sun, IN 47040 812-534-3258 • Jerry Wehner, President firstname.lastname@example.org • William B. Thomas, Jr., Secretary email@example.com www.isrpa.org
IOWA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 240 Prospect Road North Liberty, IA 52317-9660 319-626-2710 • Bill Besgrove, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org • John Klopfenstein, President email@example.com www.iasrpa.org KANSAS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 219 Bonner Springs, KS 66012 913-608-1910 • Patricia Stoneking, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Jackie Todd, Secretary email@example.com www.ksraweb.org LEAGUE OF KENTUCKY SPORTSMEN, INC. 2500 Handy’s Bend Road Wilmore, KY 40390 859-858-0135 • Tom Cottingim, NRA Liaison firstname.lastname@example.org • Mark Nethery, President email@example.com www.kentuckysportsmen.com LOUISIANA SHOOTING ASSOCIATION 350 Quill Ct. Slidell, LA 70461 985-781-4174 • Daniel Zelenka II, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Danny Hudson, Secretary email@example.com www.louisianashooting.com (ME) PINE TREE STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC 14 Pine Rd Wiscasset, ME 04578 207-882-4713 • Ronald Vaillancourt, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Angus N. Norcross, Treasurer email@example.com www.mainerpa.org MARYLAND STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION 341 Whitfield Rd Catonsville, MD 21228 410-788-6787 • Richard Kussman, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Douglas Self, 1st Vice President email@example.com www.msrpa.org (MASSACHUSETTS) GUN OWNERS’ ACTION LEAGUE 361 W Main St Northboro, MA 01606 508-393-5333 • James Wallace, Exe. Director firstname.lastname@example.org • Jon Green, Dir. Trng. & Ed. email@example.com www.goal.org
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NRA Affiliated State Associations MICHIGAN RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 71 Marshall, MI 49068-0071 269-781-1223 • Leo Cebula, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Charles Hayes, Secretary email@example.com www.michrpa.com MINNESOTA RIFLE & REVOLVER ASSOCIATION, INC. 4737 CR 101, Box 114 Minnetonka, MN 55345-2634 320-968-6898 • George Minerich, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.mrra.org MISSISSIPPI STATE FIREARM OWNERS ASSOCIATION PO Box 1061 McComb, MS 39649 601-341-8797 • Douglas Bowser, President email@example.com • Deborah Withers, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.msfoa.org MISSOURI SPORT SHOOTING ASS’N PO Box 10170 Columbia, MO 65205 573-449-2849 • Mike Kight, Secretary email@example.com • Kevin Jamison, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.missourisportshooting.org MONTANA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 48 Ramsay, MT 59748 406-868-4181 • Jamey Williams, President email@example.com • Zona Mowrer, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.mtrpa.org NEBRASKA MARKSMANSHIP ASS’N PO Box 390311 Omaha, NE 68139 402-880-4868 • Bill Keil, President email@example.com • W. Aaron Woehler, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.nemarksmanship.org NEVADA FIREARMS COALITION 5575 Simmons St, Ste I-176 North Las Vegas, NV 89031 702-373-5935 • Don Turner, President email@example.com • Megan Ferrante, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.nvfac.org
GUN OWNERS of NEW HAMPSHIRE, INCORPORATED P.O. Box 847 Concord, NH 03302-0487 603-225-4664 • Mitch Kopacz, President email@example.com • Ralph Demicco, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org www.gonh.org ASSOCIATION OF NEW JERSEY RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUBS, INC. PO Box 85 Glen Rock, NJ 07452 646-734-8116 • Scott L. Bach, Exe. Director email@example.com • Kathy Chatterton, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.anjrpc.org NEW MEXICO SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 30850 Albuquerque, NM 87190-0850 505-286-8449 • Ed Dresner, President email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org • Ken Laintz, Secretary email@example.com www.nmssa.org NEW YORK STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N, INC. 90 S. Swan Street Suite 395 Albany, NY 12210 510-272-2654 • Tom King, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Joseph P. DeBergalis, Jr., VP email@example.com www.nysrpa.org N. CAROLINA RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 4116 Pinehurst, NC 28374 910-295-7220 • David McFarling, President firstname.lastname@example.org • David Prest, Secretary email@example.com www.ncrpa.org NORTH DAKOTA SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 228 Bismarck, ND 58502 701-775-2863 • Rick Jorgenson, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org • Kevin Fire, President email@example.com www.ndssa.org OHIO RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N P.O. Box 43083 Cincinnati, OH 45243-0083 513-891-1325 • Bob Sacco, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Mary Sacco, Secretary email@example.com www.orpa.net
OKLAHOMA RIFLE ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 850927 Yukon, OK 73085-0927 405-324-2450 • Charles Smith, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org • Rick N. Baker, Secretary email@example.com www.oklarifle.org OREGON STATE SHOOTING ASS’N 2815 S Shore Dr SE Albany, OR 97322 541-928-2460 • Dan Sweet, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org • Nelson Shew, President email@example.com www.ossa.org PENNSYLVANIA RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION 1573 Chestnut Grove Hwy Grampian, PA 16838 814-236-0708 • Jack Lee, President firstname.lastname@example.org • Becky Dutra email@example.com www.pennarifleandpistol.org GUN RIGHTS & SAFETY ASSOCIATION of PUERTO RICO PO Box 191919 San Juan, PR 00919-1919 • Rafael Torres, President 787-691-1919 firstname.lastname@example.org www.grsapr.org RHODE ISLAND STATE RIFLE & REVOLVER ASS’N PO Box 10177 Cranston, RI 02910 • Gail Hogan, Secretary email@example.com • Charles Hawkins, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.placeURLhere.netorg GUN OWNERS of SOUTH CAROLINA P.O. Box 211 Little Mountain, SC 29075 803-345-5761 • Gerald Stoudemire email@example.com • Peggy Bodner firstname.lastname@example.org www.gosc.org SOUTH DAKOTA SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION PO Box 3 Dell Rapids, SD 57022 605-428-5488 • Dan Anderson, Director email@example.com • Tom Raines, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.sdshootingsports.org
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NRA-affiliated state associations Cont’d TENNESSEE SHOOTING SPORTS ASSOCIATION, INC. 6653 Jocelyn Hollow Road Nashville, TN 37205 615-352-3954 • Ray Harvey, President email@example.com • Eugene Paranick, Director firstname.lastname@example.org www.tennesseeshootingsportsassociation.org
TEXAS STATE RIFLE ASSOCIATION 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd., Ste 300 Austin, TX 78752 512-615-4116 • Robert Butler, Executive Director email@example.com • David Stroud, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.tsra.com UTAH STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASS’N 5926 S Fashion Point Dr #200 Ogden, UT 84403 801-499-9763 • Elwood P. Powell, President email@example.com • Ralph Schamel, Vice President firstname.lastname@example.org www.usrpa.org VERMONT FEDERATION OF SPORTSMEN’S CLUBS, INC. PO Box 225 Lyndonville, VT 05851 802-535-7111 • Clint Gray, President email@example.com • Evan Hughes, VP/NRA Liason firstname.lastname@example.org www.vtfsc.org
VIRGINIA SHOOTING SPORTS ASS’N P.O. Box 1258 Orange, VA 22960 540-672-5848 • Lucien Charette, Exec. Director email@example.com • Andrea T. Smith, Secy/Treas firstname.lastname@example.org www.myvssa.org WASHINGTON STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION, INC. P.O. Box 382 DuPont, WA 98327 206-427-8257 • Alan Carey, Secretary email@example.com • James Crosier, President firstname.lastname@example.org www.wsrpa.net
WISCONSIN FIREARM OWNERS, RANGES, CLUBS AND EDUCATORS PO Box 130 Seymour, WI 54165-0130 920-687-0505 • Jeff Nass, President email@example.com • Gary Nichols, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org www.wisconsinforce.org WYOMING STATE SHOOTING ASSOCIATION, INC. 625 Sweetwater St Lander, WY 82520-3044 307-335-3044 • Roger Sebesta, Secy/Treas email@example.com www.wyossa.com
WEST VIRGINIA STATE RIFLE & PISTOL ASSOCIATION P.O. Box 2504 Buckhannon, WV 26201 304-472-5174 • Amy Tenney, Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org • Gary Bailey, President email@example.com www.wvasrpa.org
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NRA Field Representative Directory EASTERN REGION Brian Hoover Eastern Regional Director Area 1 (ME, NH, VT) Brian Smith Area 2 (NY) Jay Rusnock VACANT Area 3 (CT, MA, RI, NJ, Lower NY) Area 4 (DE, Eastern PA) Kory Enck Area 5 (Western PA) Thomas Baldrige Jim Kilgore Area 7 (WV, Western VA, Western MD) Lloyd Edwards Area 8 (Eastern NC) Area 12 (Southern OH) Dave Meszaros Area 42 (Western NC) Robert Doug Merrill David Wells Area 45 (DC, Eatern MD, Eastern VA) Area 49 (Northern OH) Marc Peugeot
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SOUTHERN REGION Al Hammond Southern Regional Director Dale Carwile Area 9 (SC) Area 10 (GA) Brad Ward Patrick “Bret” Eldridge Area 11 (Northern FL) Area 16 (LA) Chad Bowen Gene Newman Area 22 (AL, MS) Chris Griffin Area 25 (Northern TX) Liz Foley Area 26 (Southern TX) Area 39 (AR) Erica Willard Jack Cannon Area 47 (Western TX) Tom Knight Area 48 (Southern FL) MID WEST REGION Tom Ulik Mid West Regional Director Area 20 (OK) Darren DeLong Area 21 (MN) Scott Lembke Area 24 (KS) Rick Chrisman Area 27 (NM) Peter Ide Area 28 (MT) Joseph Crismore Area 29 (WY) David Manzer Area 30 (CO) Brad Dreier John Kendall Area 32 (Eastern NV, UT) Clay Pederson Area 41 (ND, SD) WESTERN REGION Brad Kruger Western Regional Director Area 31 (AZ) Winston Pendelton Area 33 (ID) Steve Vreeland Mike Carey Area 34 (HI, OR) Daniel Wilhelm Area 35 (Northern CA) Mike Davis Area 36 (S. CA, S. NV) Jason Quick Area 37 (Central CA) Greg Stephens Area 38 (Southern AK) Keifer Lewis Area 40 (Western WA) Area 46 (E. CA, W. NV) Steve Wilson Bob Anderson Area 50 (Mid California) Josh Toennessen Area 53 (Northern AK)
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