Educating our future generations on our rights to bear arms

NRA Foundation-funded junior rifle team at the NRA National Matches in Camp Perry, Ohio

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Institute for Legislative Action isn't the only part of our large organization that protects America's shooting traditions. In this piece by NRA Event Support Coordinator Peter Lawess, we learn how a different section of the NRA does its part for our freedoms.

Defending Freedom through Education: How NRA's non-political branch protects the Second Amendment

In recent years, droves of NRA members and supporters across the country have joined in an effort to halt the legislative attacks on our Second Amendment rights. Many have voiced their opinions, solicited signatures for petitions, advocated for political candidates, and shared news and information. Seeing as the NRA is the country’s oldest civil rights organization and known for its acceptance of political discourse, many are unaware or confused that there is a strictly non-political branch of the National Rifle Association: The NRA Foundation and its fundraising arm, Friends of NRA. Knowing the difference between the activities of the National Rifle Association and The NRA Foundation is necessary to fully understand the organization of the NRA and its mission to protect the right to keep and bear arms.

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Public ranges offer hunters the chance to check you sights and test your gear

Public Range partial funded by grants from the NRA

Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado - The advent of Spring (at least in some parts of the country) brings about a welcoming of all things new. New jobs, new hunting season, and new gear you’re chomping at the bit to take out in the woods. But before you’re ready to take anything out for more than dry run, best to make sure all is in working order. That’s why the reopening of Byers Canyon Shooting Range in Colorado is so important.

Closed in a seasonal fashion in order to protect the “wintering wildlife,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife has reopened the Byers Canyon Shooting Range for the coming season. Open seven days a week, the range is open from sunrise to sunset throughout the fall.

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From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission - NRA Presents $25,000 Check to Wildlife Commission for Public Shooting Range

Commission Executive Director Gordon Myers (L) accepts a $25,000 check from National Rifle Association of America Director of General Operations Program Development Brian Hyder to support construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County. Photo by Melissa McGaw Raleigh, North Carolina — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently accepted a $25,000 check from the National Rifle Association of America to help fund the construction of a public shooting range in Cleveland County.

Brian Hyder, director of the NRA’s General Operations, Program Development Education and Training division, presented the check to Gordon Myers, the Commission’s executive director, at the Commission’s headquarters on Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

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Receive priority status on range grants as a member of the NRA Gold Medal Club

NRA Gold Medal Club

Fairfax, Virginia - Is your organization an outstanding member of the shooting sports community? Does it go above and beyond in striving to meet the NRA's goals? Apply to join the NRA Gold Medal Club.

Why?

How about preferential treatment received when requesting a NRA Range Grant - a $5,000 award for the acquisition, development, and improvement of shooting facilities. When you're a Gold Medal Club member, your Range Grant application is automatically moved to the front of the line.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to apply or renew your club for the NRA Gold Medal Award! Whether you're applying for the first time or renewing your status, paperwork is due by February, 15, 2014.

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Apply now for NRA Foundation grants to support educational shooting sports programs

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt receives their NRA Foundation grants

Fairfax, Virginia - The NRA Foundation, the country's leading charitable organization in support of the shooting sports, has begun accepting applications for its 2014 grant cycle.

Since its creation in 1990, the NRA Foundation has given more than $210 million to assist shooting sports-related programs with developing, expanding, and enhancing their educational curricula to deliver valuable services to millions of Americans. The NRA Foundation supports these organizations to ensure the continuation of our country's proud shooting and hunting heritage.

Here's where you come in. Does your organization need new equipment, materials, or wants to make renovations? Go to the NRA Foundation's website and apply for a grant.

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Gets twofer helping NRA Foundation grant recipients and crowning new Miss Montana

NRA Foundation CFO Rick Tedrick judges 2013 Miss Montana pageant

Glendive, Montana - For more than 25 years, Rick Tedrick, CFO of the NRA Foundation, has been involved with judging the Miss America pageant. Beginning with local pageants in Maryland where he worked for Ernst & Young - who audits the pageant - Tedrick has remained involved nationally despite his demanding job here at the NRA.

"It would almost be easier to list the states I haven't judged in," Tedrick says with a chuckle.

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Arizona business says contribution is "important to all of us at the core of the current debate on gun control"

Youth Ambassador Breanna Lincoski with Eddie Eagle.Tuscon, Arizona Late last year, NRA's Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program reached an important milestone; 26 million kids. That's 26 million pre-k through 3rd graders who sang along and learned Eddie's lifesaving message of "Stop! Don't Touch! Leave the Area. Tell an Adult."

Thanks to that message, along with the coloring books, DVDs and other instructional items that come along with it, America's accidental firearm fatality rates have fallen steadily for decades.

The program centers around the Eddie Eagle mascot costume. Available to law enforcement agencies only, the costume captures the children's attention and draws them in. Problem is that the costume isn't cheap.

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King City Friends of NRA experiences biggest year ever after reaching the $100,000 milestone

Boy Scouts receive a $55,000 grant from the King City California Friends of NRA

King City, California - Last weekend the King City Friends of NRA of King City, California raised an astounding $100,000 at their annual banquet. The committee has consistently brought in $50,000 - $75,000 for years and surged to $75,000 - $100,000 in 2012, but this is the first time they have passed the $100,000 mark. It is a huge milestone for the group and they are extremely proud of the accomplishment.

The committee made history in another way last year when they gave $55,000 to a local Boy Scout camp. The grant was the largest ever awarded to a group in Central California.

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Money to be matched 3:1 with federal funds

 The McMiller Range is one of three state-run ranges in Wisconsin to receive a grant from the NRA Public Range Fund.

A state-run shooting range located in northern Wisconsin’s Iron County will undergo improvements to expand opportunities and make the range safer thanks to a nearly $15,000 donation from the National Rifle Association’s Public Range Fund Grant Program.
 
Keith Warnke, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hunting and shooting sport coordinator, accepted a check in the amount of $14,700 from the NRA late last year for the Snaketrack Public Shooting Range project.

This was the third grant awarded by the NRA Public Range Fund in 2012 for upgrading public ranges in Wisconsin. The first two, each for $25,000, were for the Yellowstone Lake State Park range in Lafayette County and the McMiller Range in the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest.

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