Support the NRA and the shooting sports at Friends of NRA dinners in California, Illinois, and Oregon

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - Friends of NRA banquets have brought Second Amendment supporters together for more than 20 years now under one goal: ensuring the future of America's shooting sports.

With more than 1,000 banquets being held annually by dedicated volunteers, the funds raised at Friends of NRA banquets make a real difference. Half of all money raised at a banquet goes right back into grants for local shooting sports programs where the donations were made and the other half supports programs with a national scope. Besides all the good Friends of NRA banquets do, they're also a whole lot of fun for firearms enthusiasts.

If you haven't attended a banquet, try one out and see all the exclusive firearms and NRA merchandise you can get. Like what, you ask?

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Support the NRA at dinners in Arkansas and California this next week

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - A new year means a whole new lineup of Friends of NRA events across the United States.

If you've ever been to a banquet, you know it's a unique experience that any firearms enthusiast doesn't want to miss. But if you've somehow never attended one, imagine a room full of friendly, generous Second Amendment supporters getting together to have dinner, play games, and take home exclusive auction items all in the name of raising money for the shooting sports.

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Friends of NRA partners with sports optics manufacturer for Pronghorn Dream Hunt contest

ZEISS Pronghorn Dream Hunt contest

Fairfax, Virginia – We're proud to announce that Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, one of the leading optics manufacturers in the outdoor world, has become a sponsor of the Virginia Friends of NRA. A longtime ally of the NRA, ZEISS's support will help promote shooting sports and other firearm related programs across Virginia.

“ZEISS’s support of Virginia Friends of NRA and The NRA Foundation is providing us the opportunity to give more grants to shooting sports programs,” said Senior NRA Field Rep for Virginia David Wells. “On behalf of Virginia Friends of NRA we thank ZEISS and everything they’ve done to support the future of the shooting sports.”

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Help out at one of 1,000 Friends of NRA banquets being held next year

Volunteer at a Friends of NRA banquet Fairfax, Virginia - Volunteers are the backbone of Friends of NRA. We would not be able to raise tens of millions of dollars for the shooting sports each year without the thousands of men and women who donate their time to put on 1,000 banquets across the country.

Now that the 2014 Friends of NRA season has come to a close, it's time to set our sights on 2015... which is coming up pretty fast. If you've volunteered to help out Friends of NRA before or want to contribute for the first time, we're looking for people who are all about fun, food, firearms, and fundraising.

Signing up to volunteer is easy! You can do it online from the comfort of your home, right here on the Friends of NRA website.

If you've ever been to a Friends of NRA event, you know our volunteers are some of the most dedicated, hard-working, and enthusiastic people in America. From selling banquet tickets to hanging flyers, working games or seeking sponsorships and donations, volunteers tackle every task with the knowledge that they are helping secure our Second Amendment freedoms for generations to come.

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Friends of NRA's 2014 event season ending in Missouri

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia - This is it. After nearly 1,000 events across all 50 states, we've reached the end of the 2014 Friends of NRA banquet season.

The final banquet will be held next Thursday, December 11 in Wardsville, Missouri.

We're expecting another great year for the grassroots program that strives to help our shooting sports traditions. Friends of NRA's continued success is all thanks to its dedicated volunteers throughout the United States. Without their support to organize, advertise, and run each and every banquet, the fundraising effort would be reduced to a handful of events - far below the nearly 1,000 held this year.

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Trooper Island Camp for underprivileged children gets boost from NRA

Trooper Island Camp Kentucky State Police

Fairfax, Virginia – A NRA Foundation grant has allowed Trooper Island Camp, a summer camp developed by the Kentucky State Police for underprivileged children, to purchase $2,700 worth of equipment for their shooting sports program.

“I can’t say enough about what this camp offers at-risk and disadvantaged kids across the state,” said John Larowe, Kentucky NRA Field Representative. “Many of the kids at Trooper Island have never had the opportunity to catch a fish or fire a gun before, and the camp provides a safe, fun and inspiring introduction to activities like these.”

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Can Friends of NRA raise $25,000 on Giving Tuesday? Not without you!

Friends of NRA Giving Tuesday 2014

Fairfax, Virginia - This Tuesday, December 2 is #GivingTuesday, the global fundraising day dedicated to generosity and giving back during the holiday season.

After Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and before the rest of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is the opportunity to give back and help out. Friends of NRA and its volunteers work hard year-round to raise funds for the shooting sports and this Giving Tuesday they're challenging you to help in a BIG way. The goal? Raise $25,000 for the shooting sports in one day.

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Louisiana State University students help handicapped hunters get back in the field with The NRA Foundation

NRA Foundation Funds Louisiana State University Mobile Marksman Project

Fairfax, Virginia – The NRA Foundation is proud to support Louisiana State University’s Mobile Marksman Project, a system developed by the LSU Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design Program to help high level quadriplegics to participate in the shooting sports. The nearly $2,200 grant funded the 2014 system, the team’s final design iteration.

Created in 2009, the Mobile Marksman Project is a manually-controlled shooting platform that allows handicapped hunters to aim and fire a mounted firearm with head-tracking software and a small tube that is activated with a puff of air. Capstone Design Instructor Capt. Dave Giurintano and the Mobile Marksman team worked with high-level quadriplegics to address system requirements and create a lightweight, portable system that is simple to use and enjoy. Recent additions include recoil-absorbing legs and a rail-mounted camera that displays the crosshairs and target on a high-resolution digital screen.

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Baron Engraving and GASTON J. GLOCK style support the future of the shooting sports

Friends of NRA

Fairfax, Virginia — The National Rifle Association is proud to announce Baron Engraving and GASTON J. GLOCK style LP as 2014 Defender Sponsors of Friends of NRA. Created in 2011, the National Corporate Sponsor program takes Friends of NRA’s support of the shooting sports to a national scale.

“There has never been a more important time in the history of our country for corporations to step up and support the NRA and help preserve the firearm freedoms of this great nation,” said President of Baron Technology David Baron.

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