Emily Miller
Emily Miller of the Washington Times with her Sig in Washington, D.C. - photo courtesy of Emily Miller/Washington Times
Earlier this month, NRA President David Keene received a letter from the Washington Times. No, they weren't asking for an interview or to update his subscription ... they wrote the share the latest news regarding the Emily Gets Her Gun series.

For those of you who haven't read the collection, it's the ongoing tale of the twist and turns one encounters when trying to purchase a handgun in our nation's capital. Here, in part, is the letter:

Dear David, I am writing to bring you up to date on the latest news surrounding Emily Miller's award-winning Washington Times series, "Emily Gets Her Gun."

In addition to the Harlan B. Carter-George S. Knight Freedom Award from the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, Washington Times Senior Editor for Opinion Emily Miller was recently awarded the Clark Mollenhoff Award for Investigative Reporting from the Institute on Political Journalism.


Fallen tree caused by the June 30 storm that hit the East Coast

Fairfax, Virginia - If you were anywhere around the DC Metro area last night, odds are you've been spending a few hours without power. And if you're from my neck of the woods ... odds are you're still without.


Joe Kain Fairfax, Virginia - Joe Kain was recently welcomed to the NRA as an intern for the Youth Programs Department. He is not that much different than most college sophomores in the fact that he takes classes, studies hard and enjoys leisure time with friends. Although there is one thing that does set him apart from his peers — Kain is part of the Hillsdale College Shotgun Team.

Hillsdale College is located in Hillsdale Michigan and is amongst an elite number of educational facilities that compete in shooting sports at the collegiate level. Many members of the NRA have assisted Hillsdale College develop their program by coordinating meetings with range architects and others who helped them start their shooting programs. The college currently has four trap fields, one skeet field, and a sporting clays course.


NRANews gets and NRA story at the Annual Meeting in St. Louis

Breanna Lincoski told us about her first time running an Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program at a Pennsylvania elementary school. Anthony Colandro shared a story about hosting the New Jersey State Ruger Rimfire Match. And NRA Certified Instructor Kevin Cummins sends us a report from time to time covering his work with the Boy Scouts out in St. Louis. These were all great stories and we want to hear more.

That's where you come into play. Have a good NRA story? Then send it our way.

Tell us about your experience at an NRA Law Enforcement class like Mike Lane. Or how an NRA program helped change your life like Youth Education Summit alum Kaley Read. And there's always a good story about scouts learning to shoot rifles like Mike Michaels.

Just send your story, along with a picture or two, to GOblog@nrahq.org. We'll go through the submissions, pick the ones that fit (hopefully all of them) and run them here on NRAblog.

Now start writing.

Top Shot's Greg Littlejohn posing for a picture at the NRA Convention in St. Louis While in St. Louis for the 2012 NRA Convention, we located Top Shot Season 4 runner-up Greg Littlejohn. Greg was nice enough to take a few minutes to talk about a variety of things. With all that happens here at the NRA, a majority of the material from that meeting has been sitting in the to-do pile. No more.

St. Louis, Missouri - "The show was a chance to reach out to the public and jump in to the professional (shooting market)."

That's how Gregory Littlejohn viewed his time on History Channel's Top Shot. Coming in second to California's Chris Cheng, Littlejohn's persona on the show at times appeared aloof before turning into the hard nosed competitor who withstood three elimination challenges. While he might not be all that happy with his public perception, he has found a silver lining in the exposure.

"I'm sure there's a hundred people in this convention hall that could outshoot me in a variety of firearms," said Littlejohn. "But I was lucky enough to get appear on Top Shot. So even if I'm not the best shooter in the world, there are opportunities now available that were unavailable before."


Gun For Hire owner Anthony Colandro at the NRA Convention
Gun For Hire owner Anthony Colandro at the NRA Convention.

St.Louis, Missouri - "Lars, Lars, I'm coming to Virginia."

Those were the words I heard on the very first day of NRA's Annual Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis. I recognized the voice immediately — it's very distinctive. Sure enough, it was Colandro.

"I'm bringing fifteen people down from New Jersey for a personal tour of the National Firearms Museum by Phil Schreier himself," he smiled. "It's going to be epic."

An NRA Certified Instructor, Anthony Colandro owns New Jersey's Gun For Hire. One of the premiere firearm training facilities in the Northeast, Gun For Hire has six locations throughout the state with an eye on expanding into the Philadelphia area.

"We've had a lot of requests from people in the Philly area. There's a market to be served."


DC News crew brings cameras to the National Firearms Museum

NBC 4's Aaron Gilcrist and NRA Museum Director Jim Supica
Aaron Gilcrist, host of NBC 4's Washington Nonstop, interviews National Firearms Museum Director Jim Supica.
Washington Nonstop focuses on the insteresting people, places and organizations that make up the Washington, DC community. Aired throughout the week on Digital 4.2, Comcast 208, Fios 460, Cox 803, and RCN, the show is hosted by News4 weekend anchor and reporter Aaron Gilchrist. Yesterday, Friday the 17th, they added the National Firearms Museum to their list of interesting places and organizations.

Beginning in the Robert E. Petersen Gallery, Gilcrist kicked things off with an interview of Museum Director Jim Supica before focusing on the collection. Accompanied by Channel 4 multimedia journalist slash reporter slash field producer Jennifer Doren, the crew went from gallery to gallery in an effort to show a little bit of everything the museum has to offer.


The Alamo Trophy

The 2012 NRA National Indoor Rifle & Pistol Championships are currently underway and NRAblog will be highlighting a couple of the trophies awarded at the end, starting with a twofer: the Alamo Trophies.

The Alamo Trophy is more than just a bronze plaque, it is a symbol of the significant contributions made to the nation's history and development by the rifle and superb marksmanship of frontiersmen like Davy Crockett and his fellow defenders in the famous battle from which the trophy got its name.

The trophy was first offered by the NRA in 1942 and is the annual award for the High Scoring Team in 4-Position (prone, standing, sitting, kneeling) at the Sectional-National Junior Smallbore Rifle Championships. The match's course of fire is ten shots in each position, per shooter, at 50 feet on the A-17 target with metallic sights.


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