NRA Foundation Banquet auction item on display in NRA Annual Meeting exhibit hall

NRA Foundation Diamondback airboat NRA Annual Meeting

Houston, Texas - The exhibit hall at this year's NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits opened bright and early today in downtown Houston, but not for attendees. More than 550 exhibitors are frantically building their booths in anticipation of this weekend's record crowds.

Aisles that will be packed shoulder-to-shoulder with NRA fans over the next couple days are currently strewn with giant wooden shipping boxes and beeping forklifts. But while the whole thing won't come together until later in the afternoon, some things are all set up and look great.

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Diamondback airboat available in NRA Foundation live auction in Houston

Fairfax, Virginia - The National NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction at this year's NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston will be chock full of special, collectible NRA items that you can bid on. One of the most exciting pieces of this year's live auction is a custom airboat by Diamondback Airboats.

Want to fish, hunt or joyride through shallow waters while showing off your support for the NRA? This is the item for you. A one-of-a-kind airboat, it was made especially for the May 2nd National NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction.

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Pennsylvanians, raise money for the shooting sports while showing off your NRA pride

Pennsylvania now offers NRA-specialized license plates

Fairfax, Virginia - Thanks to the cooperation of Friends of NRA committees throughout the state of Pennsylvania, PennDOT now offers NRA-specialized license plates. The Keystone State joins a growing list of states where you have one more great way to show off your support for the NRA.

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Retired military man from 'out west' donates $10,000 to the NRA

Las Vegas, Nevada - Thousands of wheels were in constant motion during the 3th Annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. If you blinked ... you just might have missed them.

New guns, new optics, new outdoor grills and HD video thrills around each and every corner. While new products and endless possibilities were enough to nourish most, it was a simple act of unbridled selflessness that made a significant impression upon members of our Second Amendment institution.

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Funds raised at Friends of NRA events help hunting programs in every state

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt receives their NRA Foundation grants

NRA Foundation grants help a variety of programs across the nation. In addition to competitive shooting teams, money raised at Friends of NRA events also goes to preserving our hunting legacy. Here's a thank you from the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt who was helped to its feet by one such grant a few years back.

San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt Thanks The NRA Foundation
by Douglas Streed & Susan Bowers

As the San Diego Junior Pheasant Hunt finishes its ninth year, we pause to reflect how we have grown and who has helped us along the way. The first big boost came in

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NRA Foundation, Browning and Baron team up to offer rare auction

Browning Citori Gran Lightning XS NRA Edition 4 barrel set

Listen up you gun collectors.

A one-of-a-kind shotgun is now up for auction at GunBroker.com.

Thanks to an astounding partnership between Baron Technology, long gun manufacturer Browning Arms Co., and our very own NRA Foundation, this unique beauty could soon be yours.

What makes the gun so unique? To start, this NRA Edition Browning Citori Gran Lightning XS, serial number 05211MT131, comes with 12GA, 20GA, 28GA and 410GA jeweled 28" barrels.

Built on a 12GA frame, the shotgun includes an exquisitely engraved Watts nickel-plated receiver featuring 24K gold plating for an antiquated appearance. A duck cameo is depicted on the left side while the right sports a dog/hunter/quail cameo. The receiver's belly features the NRA logo and “One of One." Scrollwork with selective gold-plating and antiquing enhance the forend iron.

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The Youth Education Summit looks forward to big things from this year's crop of attendees. Already a number of the students have been busy getting featured in local papers for their unique opportunity to attend the summit.

Josh Simon, from Sarasota, Florida, was featured in his high school newspaper, the Out-of-Door Academy's The Bolt. Stumbling across the program in an NRA magazine, Josh's interest in both shooting and politics led him to apply for the summit. The video he made as his "personal statement" portion of the Y.E.S. application can be seen above. 

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 NRA Region Volunteers of the Year Scott Hamann

We're going to wrap up our highlights of the 2011 Friends of NRA Region Volunteers of the Year with the Western Region's Scott Hamann.

The six region's volunteers are selected by committee of senior NRA staff from the pool of Field Rep-selected Area volunteers. These individuals, invaluable to the NRA, were invited to this year's National NRA Foundation Banquet at Annual Meeting as honorable guests and to receive their awards. Everyone was able to make it except Scott, who was in Hawaii with his wife celebrating their anniversary -- poor Scott.

Far from Hawaii, Scott can normally be found in Kenai, Alaska, where he is the current chairman of the Kenai/Soldotna Friends of NRA committee. The committee is relatively new, starting in 2003, and drew a cool 137 attendees to its first banquet and raised over $11,000.

Growing steadily, the committee featured 150 guests this past year and gathered an impressive $70,000 for the NRA Foundation. Scott himself raised over $98,000 during the 2011 banquet season from a combination of banquet tickets sold, sponsorships, underwriting, and donations. The Kenai/Soldotna committee has done pretty well for itself, seeing a total of 1,280 attendees raising $348,844 in just nine short years.

When Scott’s event sold out at 150 seats and, being held at the city's largest event center, couldn't possibly accommodate anyone else, Scott simply said “Let’s do two nights.” The second night sold extremely well and when was all was said and done the committee generated over $100,000. He is also chair of his State Fund Committee and attends and helps out at no less than four other Friends of NRA events around the state.

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Who will experience the 2012 NRA Youth Education Summit?

After pouring through hundreds of applications and a couple scheduling hiccups, 45 students have been selected to attend the 2012 Youth Education Summit.

The week-long educational experience in Washington, DC will have students tour most of the memorials and monuments surrounding the nation’s capital as they learn the significance of the American Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the importance of being an active citizen. These kids can expect to find themselves touring the Capitol Building, experiencing boot camp with Marines at Quantico, getting some target practice at the NRA Range and much more.

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