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How the NRA Works


Joining the National Rifle Association

You know the history and the mission ­of the NRA, so now you should decide if being a member is something you're interested in. If you oppose gun control, joining the NRA is a way to push your platform. If you don't agree with a literal translation of the Second Amendment, you have options too.

Joining the NRA is as simple as going to its Web site and filling out the online application. But prospective members should do their homework, as they'll be presented with options when they apply.

There are distinctions of membership to choose from:

  • one-, two-, three- or five-year memberships
  • life membership
  • associate membership
  • youth membership [source: NRA]

­The NRA lists the following benefits for its members:

  • defense of the Second Amendment
  • a members-only cap
  • subscription to an NRA magazine of the member's choice
  • membership card
  • decal
  • insurance for member and their gun
  • invites to "Friends of the NRA" dinners and other special events [source: NRA]

You're now pretty well versed in the ways of the National Rifle Association. If you feel strongly one way or the other, look into your options more deeply. There are plenty of ways to get involved.


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