Past NRA President Heston is the 18th member of Post Office's Legends of Charlton Heston will be the 18th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood seriesHollywood stamp series

Fairfax, Virginia - At the NRA's 127 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Charlton Heston was elected President of the National Rifle Association. A World War II veteran, Oscar winning actor, and heralded civil rights activist, Heston led the NRA for an unprecedented six years.

An icon to supporters of the Second Amendment, his address at the 2000 Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, with a flintlock rifle raised above his head, still brings chills to this day:

So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: 'From my cold, dead hands.'

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NRA Headquarters Range, Cafe and National Firearms Museum closed due to snow

Snowfall in Northern Virginia on Thursday

Fairfax, Virginia - As February's version of Snowmageddon pummels the eastern seaboard, residents from Atlanta to Albany are hunkered down for yet another long winter's night. In their future are hours of shoveling snow, digging out cars and praying that the electricity keeps humming along. One thing they don't have to worry about is going into work.

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Great American and All-Access highlight new projects for the NRA in 2014

NRA's Great American Outdoor Show begins on February 1, 2014 Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association has a number of new projects ready to kick off in 2014. And it all begins with the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Launching bright and early at 9:00am on February 1st and running through the 9th, the Great American Outdoor Show (presented by Outdoor Channel) promises to be the largest consumer outdoor show in the nation. Everyone from Beretta to Parker Bows and Remington to Yamaha will be on hand to show off their wares.

Ticks are on sale now — for $12.00 adults, $6.00 for the little ones 13 and under — at the Great American website.

Another newbie for 2014 is NRA All-Access.

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NRA Board of Directors renews commitment to shooting sports success

NRA Competitive Shooting resolution

Fairfax, Virginia - Founded in 1871, the National Rifle Association set out to train civilians in the use of military arms so patriotic citizens would be fully prepared to defend our country in times of war and national crisis. We realized early on that the best method for encouraging marksmanship practice was through America's competitive spirit, leading to the creation of NRA Competitive Shooting.

Competitive shooting remains a fundamental business of the NRA and a core service to our members, acting not only as the basis for all safety and marksmanship training, but providing Americans an opportunity to safely exercise their Second Amendment right.

The NRA owes so much of its success in protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens to the clubs and associations who affiliate themselves with the organization, many of which are competitive shooting clubs.

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Get your very own Holly Jolly NRA Christmas Ornament - made in the USA!

The 2013 NRA Christmas Ornament from the NRA Store

Before you're buried in the mania of Black Friday and find yourself dashing through the proverbial snow, NRAstore™ Senior Merchandise Buyer Brian Evans breaks out one item you're sure to put down on your list ...
Fairfax, Virginia - Some Christmas customs you just can't wait to retire – like fruitcake and that ugly Christmas sweater. But other yuletide traditions should last a lifetime – like the NRA’s annual Christmas Ornament.

Every year, our staff here at the NRA Store teams up with the exact same crew that develops the famous White House ornaments. They put those same creative talents to use in order to design our own collectible piece, and the 2013 version is easily one of our favorites yet!

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First Instructor Training Workshop since NRA's application process goes online

NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia

Fairfax, Virginia - For all of those NRA Training Counselors out there, you know the drill. You post a class on NRAInstructors.org, reserve some range time and hold a class. Then there's the tricky part — submitting paperwork. Usually that means mailing things here to NRA Headquarters. That could take a while to process. No more.

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Remembering Independence Day with family, friends and country

Civil War era firearms for Sportsman Channel's Memorial Marathon of NRA's Guns & Gold

Fairfax, Virginia - July 4th. The day of American independence. A day celebrated, or at the very least recognized, throughout the world.

But the day marks more than the birth of a nation. It is a day of beginnings and endings. A day of achievements. Some more prestigious than others, but significant all the same.

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NRA Youth Programs gets another great intern from Hillsdale College

Anna PfaffFairfax, Virginia - Readers of NRABlog might remember the name Hillsdale College. Not only for their shooting programs, but also their incredible collection of students. This summer, there is a new Hillsdale face around headquarters ... and her name is Anna Pfaff.

Pfaff, a teammate of past intern Joe Kain has been given the NRA Youth Program internship reins. There she will work with Shooing Sports Ambassadors, NRA Days, the Winchester Marksmanship Program and more.

Now you may be wondering how a male and female could end up on the same collegiate team. Well, Hillsdale is not your average college. Located in southern Michigan, Hillsdale College is one of select group of universities that competes in shooting sports at the national level.

Anna is one of two female shotgunners on Hillsdale Shooting Team. In her freshman year, Anna competed in a long list of events including Trap, Skeet, Five Stand, Sporting Clays, as well as International Trap and Skeet. First year highlights include a first place in ladies international bunker trap at the SCTP Central Midwest Collegiate Shotgun Championships. The victory came after a sudden death shoot-off.

I had the opportunity to shoot a few rounds of trap with her over the weekend, and trust me; you don't want to bet against her.

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Joe Graham left the business world to help deliver NRA's message

Joe Graham, Executive Director of NRA Publications Fairfax, Virginia - The National Rifle Association publishes six monthly magazines; American Rifleman, American Hunter, America’s 1st Freedom, NRA InSights, Shooting Illustrated, and Shooting Sports USA. And the man responsible for it all, one way or another, is Joe Graham.

“Publications is a crucial arm of the organization,” says Graham “It is the number one way members receive our information.”

As Executive Director of NRA Publications, Graham has spent the last 13 years doing just that — getting out the information. Making that happen requires an incredible amount of effort. Writing the stories, producing the art, and hitting your deadline means there is never time for a dull moment.

Simply said, he's a hardworking businessman who truly cares about the NRA and its Publications Division, or “Pubs” as it is known around NRA Headquarters.

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