Win a safari at the Western North Carolina Friends of NRA banquet next weekend

Concord, North Carolina - Next weekend Concord, North Carolina hosts the 3rd Annual African Sporting Exposition and features a Friends of NRA event. Held January 18-20, the ASE is huge and plays host to some of the finest collection of African hunting, photo and fishing outfitters.

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Whether you want to become a professional gunsmith, hone your skills or pick it up as a hobby, the NRA has got you covered

Become a gunsmith with NRA's Short-Term Gunsmithing School

You're a shooter. You're fascinated with guns and want to learn all there is to know. You want to be able to repair, modify, design and build firearms... and have them work when you pull the trigger. It sounds like you want to become a gunsmith. If you're concerned you don't have the time to learn the necessary skills, worry no longer. The NRA Short-Term Gunsmithing School can teach you the trade at affiliated colleges in the United States over the course of several days to a couple weeks.

The program is constructed to provide individuals with the opportunity to take courses at a convenient pace without attending school full-time. Generalized around basic gunsmithing fundamentals, the classes are designed to build an educational foundation to better understand the trade. Though predominately adhering to the needs of beginners, the school also encourages professional gunsmithers to enroll in classes to improve existing skills while learning new techniques.

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Working towards NRA scholarship by taking Eddie Eagle to Elementary Schools in North Carolina

Kaytlyn Leonard at North Carolina elementary school with NRA's Eddie Eagle Every summer, the National Rifle Association gathers students from across the nation for a summit. A week-long educational experience where almost fifty high school sophomores and juniors tour monuments, attend lectures and listen to experts on the what it means to be an active and valuable citizen of the United States.

Part of that process includes an opportunity to help pay for college – but only for those who are willing to go that extra mile. Its known as the Grand Scholarship and it all depends on what they bring back to their community.

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Simone Woolley's skilled portrait among 2012 art contest entries

Simone Woolley of Southern Pines, North Carolina enters a deer into the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Here's another great entry for this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. This portrait of a white-tailed deer comes from Simone Woolley of Southern Pines, North Carolina. Simone's 9-point buck was created entirely in pencil and if you look close enough you can see the individual hairs she meticulously drew.

Simone's entry is also matted, which looks nice, but is not necessary for the contest. Our judges look carefully at every piece of art for effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition. Mattes and frames do not affect an entry's placement, so please do not think you must include one.

Being 13 years old and in the eighth grade, Simone's entry is at the upper end of Category III - reserved for sixth through eighth graders. The deadline to enter is still a month away and we're expecting many more entries, but we wish her the best of luck with our panel of judges.

Are you a young artist or do you know one? The Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to all 1st through 12th grade students. You can draw, paint, etch, use charcoal, or whatever you like, just make sure you depict an animal that's legal to hunt or trap in North America. Your entry must arrive at NRA Headquarters (11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030) by the November 5, 2012 deadline in order to be eligible for judging.

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Learn the basics of safety from the National Rifle Association

Betty Ashby, an NRA Refuse to be a Victim Counselor in North Carolina, poses with students at a Rural Hall, North Carolina class Rural Hall, North Carolina - One of my favorite programs here at the National Rifle Association is Refuse To Be A Victim®. Why you ask? Because this safety program empowers our students to learn the basics of personal security with a few common sense every day fixes. Where to park your car, replacing the screws on your front door, safety on vacation and more are just a few of the tips that will come your way.

Those were some of the lessons learned by those who attended Betty Ashby's Refuse to be a Victim class a few weeks ago in Rural Hall, North Carolina. Apparently things went well.

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Sarah Cox receives her certificate from Ed O'Carroll
Sarah Cox receives her Refuse To Be A Victim participation certificate from Ed O'Carroll.

Last month we told you how Sarah Cox, an alumna of the NRA's Youth Education Summit, was bringing the Refuse To Be A Victim® program to her hometown.

"It was during the National Youth Education Summit that I was introduced to the Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar. When I understood the objectives of this program, I immediately knew that I wanted to bring this award-winning personal safety course to my community," said Sarah.

With the help of Executive Counselor Ed O'Carroll, a Captain with the Fairfax County Police Department here in Virginia, Sarah did just that. She coordinated a Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar as well as an Instructor Development Workshop in Southern Pines, North Carolina last weekend.

The workshops were incredibly successful - 54 people attended the seminar and 11 of those, including Sarah, went on get their instructor certification.

Sarah has also been busy promoting NRA programs by speaking at local Friends of NRA Banquets and teaching gun safety to children through the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.

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Southern Pines, North Carolina - Sarah Cox, an alumna of both the North Carolina State and National Youth Education Summits (YES), has been hard at work this year promoting the programs of the NRA within her community. Sarah has presented the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to a local school and coordinated a Refuse To Be A Victim® seminar and Instructor Development Workshop to be held later this month. Earlier this year, Sarah spoke at both the Moore County and Pitt County North Carolina Friends of NRA banquets and shared her speech with NRAblog:

Y.E.S. alumna Sarah Cox.Southern Pines, North Carolina - The National Youth Education Summit (YES) was an experience that I will never forget. Not only was I able to enjoy fellowship with 45 like-minded peers, but I was also given the opportunity to tour and see behind the scenes of our wonderful history-filled capital, Washington D.C. Visiting monuments, touring the Capitol building, participating in drills at Quantico Marine Corps base, shooting in the range at NRA headquarters and attending a session of the Supreme Court were only a few of the events that constituted this wonderful week. As the week progressed, I began to question why YES was so focused on history. Why were we focusing so much time on the birth of our country and the founding of our nation? The majority of our time at YES was spent touring war monuments, looking at original documents such as the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, touring historical museums, and listening to speeches about our rich history and heritage at Hillsdale College's Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship.

Near the end of the week, I began to realize why America's history was so important to the NRA. I realized why we were not being tested on gun models or shooting skills and why this summit was not a "gun camp" but was really more of a history camp. I realized that the NRA is not only about firearms. The NRA is about protecting a means by which the people can protect their God-given rights. Thomas Jefferson once said, "The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."

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Southern Pines, North Carolina - It's no secret that Sarah Cox is extremely active in the programs of the NRA. Last week we told you that the Youth Education Summit (Y.E.S.) alumna and scholarship winner has organized a Refuse To Be A Victim® Seminar and Instructor Sarah Cox presents the Eddie Eagle program at a local school Development Workshop in her hometown. She's also been a speaker at several North Carolina Friends of NRA Banquets, which we'll tell you more about next week. But most recently, Sarah brought the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program to a local school and shared her experience with NRAblog:

On the morning of Friday, March 2nd, I presented the Eddie Eagle GunSafe program to the kindergarten and first grade students of Calvary Christian School. It was a large and enthusiastic collection of more than thirty students ready to learn. All of the students were more than willing to hear about Eddie and eager to answer my questions. They loved the Eddie Eagle's motto, "Stop, Don't Touch, Leave the Area, and Tell an adult". After learning the Eddie Eagle chant and motions, everyone sat down to watch an Eddie Eagle video.

The Eddie Eagle workbook was well received as I presented it to them page by page. Gun safety scenarios were rehearsed and the students proved to be willing and zealous little actors. Each student received an Eddie Eagle Certificate of Completion after they successfully recited the Eddie Eagle chant.

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This week in 2010, NRAblog met the Bohns of South Dakota. They were in North Carolina for the Range Development and Operations Conference. Once again, here's their story:

From left to right: Corey Gabbert, Justin Bohn, Derek Schaff, Nick Klusack, Tammy Bohn
Members of North Dakota's Fun Mart Cycle Center are looking to start an indoor range.

Charlotte, North Carolina - Tammy and Justin Bohn and three of their employees are attending this weekend’s NRA Range Development and Operations Conference in Charlotte, NC. The North Dakota-based couple were eager to tell NRAblog they have been blessed. “We have a very successful motorcycle dealership with 16 full-time employees,” Tammy said. (Check out their website: KTMhutt.com.) The couple are proud to have a close-knit staff at the dealership, including several nephews and other family members. “We even moved Aunt Linda up from Georgia to help with the store,” Tammy said.

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