Fairfax, Virginia -Today marks the 140th birthday of the National Rifle Association, and it's hard not to take a look back at the history of how we got to the place we are today.
What started as a marksmanship training effort following the Civil War has evolved into the leading defender in Americans' right to keep and bear arms. Help celebrate the NRA's birthday today by becoming more involved in one of our many programs. From attending a local Friends of NRA Banquet, to trying your hand at competitive shooting, introducing a young person to hunting, or obtaining your concealed carry permit after taking an NRA firearms training course, NRA has a a way for every person to exercise their Second Amendment rights. So join us in wishing NRA a happy birthday, and help us preserve the same rights we've been protecting since 1871.
Dismayed by the lack of marksmanship shown by their troops, Union veterans Col. William C. Church and Gen. George Wingate formed the National Rifle Association in 1871. The primary goal of the association would be to "promote and encourage rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to a magazine editorial written by Church.