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  • "And the Second Amendment is the one that guarantees that people can bear arms to protect themselves..."



    -Charlton Heston

    Organizations


    There are three large and influential national groups in the United States, the National Rifle Association, the Firearms Coalition and the Gun Owners of America (GOA).


    The National Rifle Association (NRA) is one the most popular and recognizable gun organizations. The National Rifle Association is a non-profit group dedicated to protecting the Second Amendment. It was established in New York in 1871 by William Conant Church and George Wood Wingate. The NRA is the single most powerful lobbying organization. The organization sponsors gun safety training and marksmanship skills and sports. The NRA believes that gun ownership is a civil liberty protected by the Second Amendment. The organization has four million members and revenues of more than $150 million.



    The Firearms Coalition was founded on July 4th, 1984 by Neal Knox. It is a coalition of organizations and individuals committed to the restoration and defense of firearms civil rights. The organization is made up of over 3000 members. The member activities include gun clubs, grassroots activism, and involvement in shooting and political clubs, hunting, shooting and special interest political organizations all over the world.


    The Gun Owners of America is the second largest gun rights organization in America. Today with over 300,000 members, the organization was founded in 1975 by California State Senator H.L. Richardson, who currently serves as the Chairman. The organization is a non-profit group whose main goal is to preserve and defend the Second Amendment. The group feels that Americans have lost some of their gun rights and wants to get them back.