National Rifle Association of America

National Rifle Association of America (NRA), group founded (1871) to promote shooting, hunting, firearm safety, and wildlife conservation. The NRA has more than 3 million members. The association sponsors shooting competitions and maintains a collection of antique and modern firearms. It also lobbies vigorously against gun control legislation and gun registration, basing its position on the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution this position is disputed by most legal scholars.

See E. F. Leddy, Magnum Force Lobby (1987) L. Nisbet, ed., The Gun Control Debate (1990).

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