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Taurus Names NRA Secretary Jim Land Defender Of Freedom

"I

f you know my background,
you know I like to stay in the
shadows," confided a humbled
Edward J. "Jim" Land, Jr., following
a brief ceremony held Jan. 18 on
the floor of the Shooting, Hunting,
Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las
Vegas, Nev. It was there that the
spotlight momentarily shone on
the NRA Secretary as he became
one of a handful of recipients of
the Taurus Defender of Freedom
award, which is presented annually
by the firearm manufacturer to an
NRA member who has staunchly
defended the Second Amendment.
Taurus Int'l President and CEO
Bob Morrison outlined his contributions to the preservation of the Second Amendment: "In the service, and
in his private life, he has served as a
model for strong leadership, sense of
duty and protector of our freedoms."

Addressing the onlookers, Land,
his trademark authoritative tone
softened somewhat, said, "I am
humbled and honored to receive
this award. Actually, I'd like to say I
represent all of you. It's a team. It's
the industry, it's the NRA, it's our
volunteers, and I can't thank Taurus
and Bob (Morrison) enough for
everything that they do." 
A retired U.S. Marine Corps
major, Land is known primarily for
his role in establishing the modern Marine Corps Scout Sniper
program and recruiting Carlos
"White Feather" Hathcock and
other snipers during Vietnam. An
avid shooter and competitor, Land
holds Distinguished badges in
both rifle and pistol marksmanship and has set seven national
shooting records in competition.
Also an NRA Benefactor

Photo by NRA Staff

member, Land has been the corporate secretary of the National
Rifle Association since 1994 and
has served the association in a
variety of other capacities.
In summing up Land's accomplishments, Morrison said, "[Jim
Land] has spent his entire life
upholding the constitutional rights
we have to be free, to bear arms
and to call ourselves Americans."
-Brian C. Sheetz,
Senior exeCutive editor

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