What Are Some NRA Facts?


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Some facts about the NRA include the fact that the NRA was not originally formed as a gun rights organization, but rather as a marksmanship-training group, and that the NRA supported the enactment of several gun-control legislative bills. Additionally, the NRA supported the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

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The NRA was founded shortly after the end of the Civil War by George Wood Wingate, a Union General who was appalled by the lack of shooting accuracy shown by Union soldiers. The original purpose of the NRA was to provide rifle marksmanship training.

Even though it is now mostly viewed as an anti gun-control organization, the NRA has supported several gun-control measures throughout its history. In 1934, the NRA supported a bill known as the National Firearms Act, which was aimed at regulating and taxing firearms commonly used by organized crime. In the late '60s, the NRA backed the Gun Control Act of 1968, creating tougher restrictions to prevent criminals and mentally impaired individuals from purchasing weapons.

During the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, African Americans were being targeted by different white supremacist organizations. The NRA responded by setting up chapters aimed at training African Americans to protect themselves with firearms.

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