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OFFICIAL JOURNAL
Programs & Services
New Gun Owners Turn To
NRA For Training & Education
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By Joseph P.
DeBergalis, Jr.
Executive Director,
General Operations
ith the increase in violent crime
nationwide over the past year and
a half, and threats to defund and/
or abolish law enforcement, more and more
Americans are taking the steps to become
first-time gun owners. This shouldn't
be of surprise, as many law-abiding,
hardworking Americans are worried about
protecting themselves, their families and
their property. According to the National
Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), more
than eight million people purchased their
first firearm in 2020. And we should all be
proud that our NRA was available and ready
to provide them with the training on how to
safely and responsibly use, carry and store
their new guns.
I can't say it enough-our training programs
are the gold standard for firearms
instruction. That is due to the efforts of thousands
of NRA members who work tirelessly as
instructors, training counselors, coaches and
volunteers. As a training counselor myself, I
understand the dedication, time and sacrifice
that must be made to properly do the job.
Even at a time when anti-gun politicians
are pushing new restrictions on our Second
Amendment rights, and government entities
are trying to sideline or silence the NRA with
the help of their mainstream-media allies,
more Americans know that they can turn
to us to provide them with the instruction
that they desire. And that is exactly why we
are seeing an explosion in the number of
our fellow Americans-neighbors, friends
and co-workers-who are taking training
courses by NRA Certified Instructors.
If you know of a first-time gun owner, be
sure that they visit firearmtraining.nra.org
to access a list of NRA training courses in
their area. There are so many to choose
from: Basic Personal Protection inside
and outside of the home, Defensive Pistol
and Home Firearm Safety Training, just to
name a few. With a network of more than
125,000 instructors and over 2,000 training
counselors, our association trains well over
one million people each year. And that
number is only growing as more and more
honorable, decent Americans are interested
in exercising their God-given right to defend
themselves and their loved ones.
Due to this growth, the NRA recently
relaunched the NRA FIRST Steps Pistol
Orientation program with updated branding
and new course materials. FIRST (Firearm
Instruction, Responsibility & Safety Training)
Steps is tailored toward providing students
with an introduction to the knowledge,
skills, and attitude necessary to own and
use a specific pistol model safely. This is
especially great for new gun owners to get
acquainted with their recently purchased
firearm of choice.
In addition to everything mentioned above,
there are also educational opportunities
available at the upcoming 2021 NRA Annual
Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas. I hope
you are planning to join us September 3-5 to
celebrate our Second Amendment freedoms
and 150 years of success at your NRA. While
the centerpiece of the show is 14 acres of
guns and gear, engaging seminars will also
be offered touching on a variety of topics,
from the fundamentals of concealed carry to
home-defense tactics and preparation, and even
crime-prevention strategies. There
really is something for every gun
owner, new and old-so be sure
not to miss out! More information
on the Annual Meetings can be
found at nraam.org.
Joining NRA-affi liated state
associations supports NRA's
mission in your state.
GET INVOLVED TODAY!
GO VISIT
stateassociations.nra.org
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