American gun owners are a truly diverse bunch of people. Few other groups boast male and female members of all ages, races, and social, economic, and cultural backgrounds. In fact, some gun owners are so diverse in their respective beliefs that the only thing they really have in common with other gun owners is support of our Second Amendment right to bear arms. Another thing many gun owners have in common, and something that all gun owners should consider, is membership in the National Rifle Association, or NRA. Below, you’ll find some of the top reasons you should join the NRA.
The NRA offers four magazine: Shooting Illustrated (the newest official NRA journal), America’s First Freedom, American Hunter, and American Rifleman. Membership in the NRA includes your choice of one of these titles. They are designed to appeal to some of the different interests among NRA members, but all include shooting advice, detailed reviews of various firearms, and up-to-date and in-depth reports on current Second Amendment happenings and news.
Since the NRA was founded nearly 145 years ago, there has been no group more committed to teaching people about the effective and safe use of firearms. The NRA offers courses in self defense, home safety, gun handling, marksmanship, and gun safety in locations across the United States. The NRA also evaluates and certifies hunting outfitters and shooting schools around the world.
Twice a year, the NRA holds events for its members. The Great American Outdoor Show (GAOS) is held in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania each February. The other national member event is the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits (NRAAM), which is held in a different city each year. Both events last multiple days and feature hundreds of concerts, celebrity appearances, seminars, and exhibitors. These events attract between 50,000 and 100,000 visitors.
NRA members have access to members-only discounts on a variety of services and products. For instance, NRA members can receive seriously discounted (or even FREE) insurance for firearms and accessories. Additionally, members are also entitled to various discounts on hotels, car rentals and purchases, and gun-storage devices.
By being a member of the NRA, your voice will be added to so many others that support the Second Amendment. The NRA boasts five million members and is known as one of the most highly effective organizations for advocating the right of American citizens to bear arms. Becoming a member means that you never have to feel alone in your support for the Second Amendment. Instead, your voice will become part of a much larger chorus–a chorus that cannot be ignored.
With membership fees no higher than $40 per year (discounts are offered for multi-year memberships), joining the NRA is an affordable way to stay connected to the latest news affecting gun owners, take advantage of free firearm insurance, earn discounts on other products and services, and gain access to events aimed at uniting gun owners from all backgrounds.