As the National Rifle Association moves toward a more robust membership, the NRA is gearing up to boost its membership numbers.
The National Rifle Assn.
(NRA) is gearing into its 10th year of national membership, and it has an important mission to accomplish.
“We have been working toward increasing membership levels for many years now,” said NRA spokeswoman Amy Lasker in an email.
“The NRA has been at the forefront of increasing the number of hunters in the country.
We are also committed to expanding access to the sport of firearms for all Americans.”
Lasker said the NRA’s membership grew more than 6 million members in 2015, making it the third-largest membership organization in the United States.
“With the current momentum of membership growth, it’s important to recognize that our membership is not a replacement for hunters and shooting sports,” Laskar said.
“It’s an essential tool to the NRA to increase its reach and to educate its members and supporters about the gun rights and Second Amendment freedoms of Americans.”
The NRA’s outreach efforts are focused on reaching more people, including families and friends of hunters.
Laskar noted that the NRA has spent more than $100 million on outreach to gun owners and their families.
She said the goal is to reach “a larger audience and a broader spectrum of American gun owners.”
Laskser said that the membership increase was the result of the NRA taking steps to expand the organization’s reach, including by hiring more volunteers, expanding its field programs, hiring staff to respond to requests for service, and partnering with schools and community organizations to increase outreach to families and communities.
“These are important steps, but they’re not enough,” Laskser added.
“We’re always working to expand our reach and reach beyond our membership numbers.”
The membership increases will come as a relief to some gun owners who have lost their hunting privileges after being denied a permit to hunt under the National Firearms Act (NFA) or due to the “straw purchase” ban that was put in place in 2009.
Lasksar said that NRA’s leadership believes that the straw purchase ban will be lifted in time for hunters to start hunting again.
The NRA says the ban has been a “disaster” for gun owners, especially hunters.
The ban prohibited all guns from being brought into the country from outside the United Nations, and prohibited anyone from bringing in a gun from another country.
Lakes and rivers, and wildlife in general, are being impacted, and Laskers said the group is working to get rid of the ban.
She also said that while hunting is a tradition for many gun owners in Iowa, it is not the NRA “usual practice” to allow hunters to bring in guns into their states.
She stressed that the NFA has always been a law and that hunters and shooters will continue to be protected by the law.
Laskinger said NRA is continuing to focus on the expansion of the public’s access to firearms through public education and on increasing access to hunting, including expanding access for hunters who want to purchase their own guns.
Laws, rules, and regulations governing the sale of firearms will also be changed as the NRA looks to continue its outreach efforts, she added.
The goal is for hunters, hunters-and-shooters, and gun owners to “be able to get the tools they need to hunt in a safe, legal environment.”