By Kyle Jillson | June 11 2013 17:04

Get outside with the family and have fun learning firearms safety at Brownells/NRA Days

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Fairfax, Virginia - It's June and the weather is hot - there's no denying it. But this is what you were wishing for during the cold winter, so you might as well make the most of it. If you're looking for some outdoor fun this month, put on some breathable clothes, slap on some sunscreen and make your way to one of the great Brownells/NRA Day events held across the country.

Put together by people in your community, Brownells/NRA Days are family-oriented events for Second Amendment supporters of all ages to have some safe outdoor fun.

NRA Days all have the same goal of shooting sports fun, but not each one is the same. They're based on themes that dictate what activities are held and the firearms present. A NRA Day one weekend could be completely different from one a week later in the same state. But you'll still have a fun time and meet great people. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a first-timer, you're guaranteed to enjoy the experience.

Sound fun, don't they? You can check the NRA Day website to see where future events are coming up or contact your local range and see if they'd be interested in putting one on. If you're still not having luck, you could always organize one yourself.

We're always getting info on new NRA Days and updating the list, so don't get discouraged if you don't see anything in your area.

Here are June's events:

Safety And Firearm Education Events Safety is applied and practiced as participants are taught how to safely handle, load, shoot, and unload a variety of different guns.
  • June 15
    Alpine, California
    Lemon Grove Rod and Gun Club
    Free, educational day of safe, supervised rifle, handgun and shotguns shooting
    Must be at least 8 years old, families welcome, under 17 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian
    Lunch provided by Alpine Kiwanis
    Contact: Eric Johnson at 619-368-2283 or
Basic Shooting Events Participants complete a formal NRA Basic Course of Instruction (10-14 hours) or an NRA First Steps Course of Instruction (3 hours) enhanced with plenty of range time to apply lessons learned, receive personalized instruction, and develop confidence on the range.
  • June 26 - June 29
    Tempe, Arizona
    CAASES/Shoot Right Education & Training Center
    Gun/range safety education on rifle with 3 PAR Shooting Test and awards
    Family pizza night
    Each camper must bring new, unwrapped toy for the toy drive
    Safety glasses, pants, shirt, closed toed shoes, water and lunch required
    Contact: Rob Potter at 602-288-5324
Special Interest Events Sponsors promote new or locally popular shooting activities, or design programs that meet the needs of more specialized segments of the population.
  • June 23
    Beloit, Wisconsin
    WI Armed Forces Camp for recruits
    Contact: Jeff Nass at 920-687-0505 or
  • June 24
    Stonebank Sportsmens Club, Wisconsin
    WI Armed Forces Camp for recruits
    Contact: Jeff Nass at 920-687-0505 or
  • June 25
    LaCrosse, Wisconsin
    WI Armed Forces Camp for recruits
    Contact: Jeff Nass at 920-687-0505 or
  • June 26
    Wausau, Wisconsin
    WI Armed Forces Camp for recruits
    Contact: Jeff Nass at 920-687-0505 or
  • June 27
    Green Bay, Wisconsin
    WI Armed Forces Camp for recruits
    Contact: Jeff Nass at 920-687-0505 or
  • June 28
    Sheboygan, Wisconsin
    WI Armed Forces Camp for recruits
    Contact: Jeff Nass at 920-687-0505 or
Youth Sportsfest Events (closed camp -- limited to youth attendees) Youth participants are introduced to the fun and excitement of shooting sports in a safe, positive, and educational environment. Each SportsFest has its own specialized program focus based on the resources, expertise, and facilities at the sponsor's disposal.
  • June 13 - June 16
    Marshall, Missouri
    Bucksnort Shooting Club Range
    MSSA/NRA 2013 Junior Shooting Sports Camp, held annually since 1985
    Junior 3 Position Smallbore International Rifle Competition Camp
    Ages 10 - 18
    Beginner, intermediate and advanced instruciton
    Contact: John Leinberger
  • June 15
    Newburgh, Indiana
    Red Brush Rifle Range
    Free firearm safety education, shooting experience, attendance prizes
    Pre-registration mandatory
    Ages 9-19 for the require consent forms, registration forms, and directions
  • June 15
    Manor, Texas
    Austin Rifle Club
    National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day
    Open to ARC members and guests
    Daughters aged 6-18
    Firearms, ammo and target will be provided.
    Eye and ear protection, closed toe shoes and a high neck shirt mandatory
    Contact Amy Jost at
  • June 16 - June 19
    Haines City, Florida
    Florida FFA Leadership Training Center
    Challenge courses, exploring outdoor careers, safety and firearm education and hunters safety
    Contact: Gary Bartley at, 863-557-0426 or
  • June 23
    Fincastle, Virginia
    Ridge Rifle Association
    Free, attendance limit 30
    Youth required to attend firearms safety class
    Free gift bag
    .22 rifles will be provided
    Contact: Bill Moskowitz at 540-966-5902

Want to learn more about NRA Days? Contact NRA Day Program Coordinator Samantha Olsen at or 703-267-1598 for more information. Remember, NRA Days can be tailored to the needs of your club, community or based on your resources.

Not only can you introduce new folks and families to the shooting sports, but you can show off the programs and activities offered at your club or range. It's a win-win.


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