National Rifle Association

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The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is a gun rights advocacy group based in the United States.wikipedia
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List of presidents of the National Rifle Association

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Union Army Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, who had worked as a Rhode Island gunsmith, was elected president.
The position of president of the National Rifle Association is a largely symbolic role, which dates back to the NRA's origins in New York on 17 November 1871.

Lobbying in the United States

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On February 7, 1872, the NRA created a committee to lobby for legislation in the interest of the organization.
There are reports that the National Rifle Association, a U.S.-based lobbying group advocating for gun rights, has been the target of a decade-long infiltration effort by Russian president Vladimir Putin, with allegations that Putin funneled cash through the NRA to aid the election of Donald Trump.

Stoneman Douglas High School shooting

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The organization has been the focus of intense criticism in the aftermath of high-profile shootings, such as the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, after which they suggested adding armed security guards to schools.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) immediately filed a lawsuit that challenged the federal constitutionality of the age requirement clause.

William Conant Church

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The National Rifle Association was first chartered in the State of New York on November 16, 1871 by Army and Navy Journal editor William Conant Church and Captain George Wood Wingate.
He was the co-founder and second president of the National Rifle Association.

Ambrose Burnside

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Union Army Civil War General Ambrose Burnside, who had worked as a Rhode Island gunsmith, was elected president.
He became the first president of the National Rifle Association (in office: 1871-1872).

Dickey Amendment

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Over its history the organization has influenced legislation, participated in or initiated lawsuits, blocked research on gun control, and endorsed or opposed various candidates at local, state and federal levels.
The amendment was lobbied for by the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Gun control

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The NRA has been criticized by gun control and gun rights advocacy groups, political commentators, and politicians.
In 1983, a cross-sectional study of all 50 U.S. states found that the six states with the strictest gun laws (according to the National Rifle Association) had suicide rates that were approximately 3/100,000 people lower than in other states, and that these states' suicide rates were 4/100,000 people lower than those of states with the least restrictive gun laws.

Wayne LaPierre

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At the 1991 national convention, Knox's supporters were elected to the board and named staff lobbyist Wayne LaPierre as the executive vice president.
LaPierre currently serves as the Chief Executive and Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association.

Harlon Carter

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However, passage of the GCA galvanized a growing number of NRA gun rights activists, including Harlon Carter.
Harlon Bronson Carter (August 10, 1913 – November 19, 1991) was an American leader of the National Rifle Association, Carter was an advocate for gun rights in the United States.

Neal Knox

Leadership planned to relocate NRA headquarters to Colorado and to build a $30 million recreational facility in New Mexico, but activists within the organization whose central concern was Second Amendment rights defeated the incumbents and elected Carter as executive director and Neal Knox as head of the NRA-ILA.
Clifford Neal Knox (June 20, 1935 – January 17, 2005) was a board member and officer of the National Rifle Association, gun magazine writer and editor, gun rights activist, and prolific author of technical firearms articles and articles related to his interpretation of the Second Amendment and views on firearms laws.

Charlton Heston

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Knox again lost power in 1997, as he lost reelection to a coalition of moderate leaders who supported movie star Charlton Heston, despite Heston's past support of gun control legislation.
Heston was the five-term president of the National Rifle Association (NRA), from 1998 to 2003.

List of congressional candidates who received campaign money from the National Rifle Association

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The organization donated to congressional races for both Republicans (223) and Democrats (9) to candidates for Congress.
This list of congressional candidates who received campaign money from the National Rifle Association is from the nonpartisan group Center for Responsive Politics which extracts campaign contribution data from the Federal Election Commission.

Armed Forces Journal

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The National Rifle Association was first chartered in the State of New York on November 16, 1871 by Army and Navy Journal editor William Conant Church and Captain George Wood Wingate.
Church would go on to help found the National Rifle Association in 1871; he and his newspaper remained fixtures in the political firmament for decades.

Creedmoor Rifle Range

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With plans provided by Wingate, the New York Legislature funded the construction of a modern range at Creedmoor, Long Island, for long-range shooting competitions.
The range was established after the New York Legislature and the newly formed National Rifle Association (NRA) combined in 1872 to acquire 70 acres of farmland from a Mr Creed for long-distance rifle shooting and the holding of shooting competitions.

Chris W. Cox

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Chris W. Cox was the NRA's chief lobbyist and principal political strategist, a position he held from 2002 until 2019.
From April 2002 to June 2019 he had served as chief lobbyist and principal political strategist for the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA), the lobbying arm of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) and as the executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA).

George Wood Wingate

The National Rifle Association was first chartered in the State of New York on November 16, 1871 by Army and Navy Journal editor William Conant Church and Captain George Wood Wingate.

M1911 pistol

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The Director of Civilian Marksmanship began manufacture of M1911 pistols for NRA members in August 1912.
The Director of Civilian Marksmanship began manufacture of M1911 pistols for members of the National Rifle Association in August 1912.

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

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The organization has been the focus of intense criticism in the aftermath of high-profile shootings, such as the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, after which they suggested adding armed security guards to schools.
The March 28 documents also provided details on items found at Lanza's home, including three samurai swords, a newspaper article about the Northern Illinois University shooting, and a National Rifle Association certificate.

Firearm Owners Protection Act

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With a goal to weaken the GCA, Knox's ILA successfully lobbied Congress to pass the Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) of 1986 and worked to reduce the powers of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Allegations of abuse by ATF inspectors soon arose from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and some FFL licensees.

Federal Assault Weapons Ban

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In 1994, the NRA unsuccessfully opposed the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (AWB), but successfully lobbied for the ban's 2004 expiration.
The National Rifle Association (NRA) opposed the ban.

Maria Butina

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In May 2018, Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a report stating it had obtained "a number of documents that suggest the Kremlin used the National Rifle Association as a means of accessing and assisting Mr. Trump and his campaign" through Torshin and his assistant Maria Butina, and that "The Kremlin may also have used the NRA to secretly fund Mr. Trump's campaign."
In this role, she worked to infiltrate conservative groups in the US, including the National Rifle Association, as part of an effort to promote Russian interests in the 2016 United States presidential election.

Paul Erickson (activist)

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Butina was arrested on July 15, 2018 and charged with conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation and using Republican operative Paul Erickson for cover and connections as she developed an influence operation designed to "advance the interests of the Russian Federation."
He has strong ties to the National Rifle Association and Russian interests and, as of 2017, was subject to federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.

High-capacity magazine ban

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Morse and Giron helped to pass expanded background checks and ammunition magazine capacity limits after the 2012 Aurora, Colorado, and Sandy Hook, Connecticut, shootings.
In November 2013, the National Rifle Association sued the city of San Francisco over an ordinance banning possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds.

M1903 Springfield

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Springfield Armory and Rock Island Arsenal began the manufacture of M1903 Springfield rifles for civilian members of the NRA in 1910.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation acquired some M1903 rifles configured like National Rifle Association Sporter Models in response to the 1933 Kansas City Massacre.

Advocacy group

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Observers and lawmakers see the NRA as one of the three most influential lobbying groups in Washington, D.C. The NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is its lobbying division, which manages its political action committee (PAC), the Political Victory Fund (PVF).