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Gun Owners Clubs: 4 of the Most Interesting Firearms Groups

Gun Owners Clubs: 4 of the Most Interesting Firearms Groups
(National Rifle Association; The Liberal Gun Club; Maryland Tenth Cavalry Gun Club; Girl and A Gun Women's Shooting League)

By    |   Sunday, 21 September 2014 12:26 PM

Gun owners clubs provide avenues for individuals to speak out on issues important to firearms owners, including gun legislation and rights.

Here are four gun owners clubs that stand out on the national scene or have been highlighted in the media in recent years:

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1. National Rifle Association – Billing itself as “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization,” the NRA defends Second Amendment rights and is a national educator about firearms and firearms safety.

“Over 55,000 certified instructors now train about 750,000 gun owners a year,” the NRA’s website says, adding that instructors work with youth competitors, teach firearms safety to children, and also teach “Refuse to Be a Victim” seminars.

Many gun owners clubs require members to also maintain a membership in the NRA, which is the largest gun owners association, although membership numbers have been in dispute. The NRA has been quoted as saying its membership reaches 4 million to 4.5 million, but some estimate it is closer to 2 million.

2. The Liberal Gun Club – Most people make the assumption that gun clubs are the exclusive domain of those with conservative political views. The Liberal Gun Club is “geared towards typical ‘liberals’ who also happen to enjoy owning and using firearms,” according to the organization’s website, but also welcomes anyone of any political persuasion.

The national club bills itself as an education and outreach nonprofit and doesn’t have active policy positions, but local chapters of clubs are encouraged to “leap into the political fray.” In 2012, the club removed the policy positions it had promoted, saying that it was too difficult to encompass the diverse membership’s viewpoints.

It did, however, put forth some talking points as a place to start discussion, including thoughts on firearms regulations.

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3. The Maryland Tenth Cavalry Gun Club – This club was formed by the Rev. Kenn Blanchard, author of “Black Man With A Gun: Reloaded,” as a club for African-American gun owners.

Blanchard told The New York Times that his was one of just a few black faces at NRA conventions. “We still culturally have a fear that we’re going to be that lone guy out, and you don’t want to be the lone guy out,” he said, estimating that one in 100 people at the convention was black. “The exposed nail gets hammered.”

It’s for that reason that he established the Tenth Cavalry club, named for the Army’s 9th and 10th cavalries that were composed of African American soldiers.

“As a Club, we endeavor to embrace and impart the right to pursue happiness with honorable character, such as impartiality, trust, honesty, ethics, teamwork, goodwill, a sense of camaraderie, and American patriotism,” the organization’s website says.

4. A Girl and a Gun Women’s Shooting League – This membership organization was created to give a voice and offer opportunities to an increasing number of women firearm owners.

The organization’s mission is to “educate and encourage women about firearm usage, safety, and promote women’s shooting interest and participation in the competitive shooting sports,” the website said.

Women’s participation in shooting sports has increased tremendously over the last decade, and gun sales to women are booming as well.

Proliferation of women-focused gun clubs has also occurred, including organizations like She Can Shoot, which was founded by a former Secret Service agent and has chapters across the country.

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