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  1. National Rifle Association, NRA(noun)

    a powerful lobby that advocates the right to own and bear arms and rejects any gun regulation by the government

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  1. National Rifle Association

    The National Rifle Association of America is an American nonprofit organization founded in 1871 that promotes firearm ownership, as well as police training, firearm safety, marksmanship, hunting and self-defense training in the United States. The NRA is designated by the IRS as a 501 and it has a 527 lobbying organization: The NRA Political Victory Fund. The NRA also controls, through its board of trustees, the following 501 organizations: The NRA Foundation, The NRA Freedom Action Foundation, the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund and the NRA Special Contribution Fund. The NRA is the parent organization of affiliated groups such as the tax-deductible NRA Foundation and a lobbying group, the Institute for Legislative Action. The NRA is also one of the United States' largest certifying bodies for firearm safety training and proficiency training courses for police departments, recreational hunting, and child firearm safety. The organization publishes several magazines and sponsors marksmanship events featuring shooting skill and sports. The NRA's political activity is based on the premise that firearm ownership is a civil right protected by the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights. The group has a nearly century long record of influencing as well as lobbying for or against proposed firearm legislation on behalf of its members. Observers and lawmakers see the NRA as one of the top three most influential lobbying groups in Washington. NRA membership surpassed 5 million in May 2013.

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