NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre to address Obama's State of the Union

Wayne LaPierre to address Obama's 2013 State of the Union address on NRANews and Sportsman Channel at 5:00 on February 14

Nashville, Tennessee - Later this afternoon, in Nashville, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speak at the 37th Annual Convention and Sport Show of the National Wild Turkey Federation. Coverage of the event begins at 5:00pm eastern standard time.

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Friends of NRA fires up the grill in the new episode 'Country Cook-Off'

Fairfax, Virginia - Itching to watch the new episode of Friends of NRA tonight on Outdoor Channel? Well you're in luck because we have a preview video to appetize you until it airs.

What's on the agenda this week? Matt and Jessie enter a cooking competition in Alabama and need some help training. To prepare, our hosts meet up with a world-class chef deep in the Appalachian Mountains.

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No matter where you live, the joy of the shooting sports should be accessible

December 2012 NRA InSights

Fairfax, Virginia - This month's issue of NRA InSights shows you how sharing your love for the shooting sports can be the biggest gift of all. Read on to learn about one generous firearms enthusiast who brought the shooting sports to the inner-city schools of Memphis, Tennessee and is helping shape a whole new generation of trap and skeet shooters.

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Songwriter Heidi Newfield readies to release second solo album

Heidi Newfield chosen as NRA Country Artist Of The Month for October

Nashville, Tennessee - You've heard about NRA Country, right? In a nutshell, its the celebration of the bond between the country music community and hard-working Americans everywhere. Part of that is naming an NRA Country artist of the Month. For October, that artist is Heidi Newfield.

“Country is much more than the place you were born and raised," said Newfield. "To me, it’s about having a love for our beautiful land and a respect for this great nation’s founding principles."

Finding a spot in the spotlight with Trick Pony in 1996, Heidi sang lead, played guitar and even provided the finishing touches with a little harmonica too. Then, ten years later, she left. Time to head out on her own.

"I've decided to branch out and try it on my own," she said back in 2006. "It's time for me to follow my heart and take my own path."

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Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award recognizes modern day heroines and their legislative work to protect the 2nd Amendment

Nicole 'Nikki' Goesler, winner of NRA's 2012 Ludington Women's Award, at the Tennessee state capitol Fairfax, Virginia - If you don't know the name Nicole Goeser, well, you should. Think again. Maybe you know her by the name of Nikki. In either case, you will know her now as the winner of NRA's 2012 Sybil Ludington Women’s Freedom Award.

On April 2, 2009, Nikki was working with her husband Ben in a Tennessee restaurant. It was a family karaoke business. During the night's shift, Ben was shot and killed by a man who had been stalking Nikki. She was there.

Though a conceal carry permit holder, Tennessee law did not allow Nikki to carry inside a bar or restaurant. She decided to change that.

After countless weeks and months of meeting with lawmakers and testifying before committees, Nikki was able to help change that law in Tennessee.

"She lives what she believes," said NRA Women's Programs Coordinator Diane Danielson. "As a strong and fervent advocate for gun rights, Nikki has demonstrated her dedication through her actions."

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National Sheriffs' Association 2012 Convention

Nashville, Tennessee - The National Sheriffs' Association 2012 Convention begins today as they do their best to woo the city of Nashville with their patronage and events. Taking place at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, it is there where law enforcement professionals can learn about jail and court security, firearm training, hostage situations and more. More being a bit of the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program.

"We are ready and waiting," said NRA Eddie Eagle Manager Eric Lipp. "The sheriffs are fantastic partners when it comes to helping spread Eddie's message."

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Nashville, Tennessee - Today marks the beginning of the 2012 National Sheriffs' Association's Annual Conference in Nashville. A gathering of the nation's sheriffs, deputies, like minded law enforcement professionals and one peculiar looking bird — Eddie Eagle.

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Sgt. Russ Henry, Sheriff Jim Ruth, Dillon Selby and his mom Debbie
Bradley County School Resource Officer Sgt. Russ Henry, Sheriff Jim Ruth, Dillon Selby and his mom Debbie.

Yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Jim Ruth presented Oak Grove Elementary School student Dillon Shelby an award for putting the lessons he learned from the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® Program to good use.

Here's more from the Bradley County Sheriff's Office:

Friday morning, May 18, fifth grade students were pouring onto the Oak Grove Elementary School playground when student Dillon Selby spotted a gun near the swing sets. He immediately yelled out to his classmates to "Stop," and get back. He called for a teacher who alerted school resource officer Jay Lawson.

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Nashville, Tennessee -This entry wraps up the wrap-up of NRA’s Club University in Nashville.

We'd like to thank the people at the Preston Hotel for providing such a great venue, the guys from Hero-Gear of Winchester, Tennessee for the wonderful displays, Executive Protection Bureau Training & Investigations for the ever-popular AIS PRISim® simulators, and those who traveled near and far to attend.

Special thanks also goes out to TNSSA President Ray Harvey and countless field representatives for their tireless efforts in making this one of the best Club Universities to date.

This event, our first of 2009, saw 82 people travel a total of almost 20,000 miles with the hopes of making their range operations just a little bit better.

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