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NRA: Membership Has Grown by 250,000 in One Month

Posted by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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A quarter of a million people have signed up for new NRA memberships ahead of the White House Task Force's findings

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National Rifle Association member Sam Gallo takes aim as he looks at a display of handguns at an NRA annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.

National Rifle Association member Sam Gallo takes aim as he looks at a display of handguns at an NRA annual convention in Kansas City, Mo.

A day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to release Vice President Joe Biden's recommendations to curb gun violence in the United States, the National Rifle Association told U.S. News and World Report that they have seen membership grow by 250,000 in the month since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

[PHOTOS: Newtown Observes One-Month Anniversary]

Politico reported membership had grown by more than 100,000 five days ago. The NRA says that when Politico reported the story, membership was close to 200,000, but the number has drastically grown in just five days. The association now has over 4.25 million members, but the NRA says that number is always fluctuating as memberships expire and new members join.

"I would say that every time President Obama opens his mouth and Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein opens her mouth and they talk about gun bans and restricting the rights of law abiding Americans, people pay attention to that and sign up," says Andrew Arulanandam, the NRA's public affairs director.

The growing rate of membership comes as Obama is slated to announce both legislative proposals and executive orders related to Biden's findings on how to stop the spread of gun violence. The vice president has said that his committee is mulling over stringent restrictions on high-capacity magazines, a national gun sale database and closing the gun show loophole, which allows unlicensed gun dealers to sell firearms to customers without background checks at gun shows.

[SEE: Editorial Cartoons About the Newtown Shooting]

Biden sat down with the NRA last week, in what the association described as a disappointing meeting.

"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment," the NRA said in a released statement Thursday. "While claiming that no policy proposals would be 'prejudged,' this task force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners—honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans."

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New members can join the NRA with a one-year membership for $35, a two-year membership for $60, or become life members for $1,000. Members can also pay $25 up front, then be placed on a payment schedule until their lifetime dues are completely paid. Members receive an "official NRA members-only shooter's cap," a membership card and a decal and invitations to special NRA-only events.

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by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Glad to hear it.

candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 17, 2013 at 6:46 AM
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It looks like Obama has been good for NRA memberships as well as turning into one of the greatest gun salesman there is.

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jan. 17, 2013 at 9:27 AM

 why do people join the NRA? 

LilyofPhilly
by Gold Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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So what? Obviously the gun nuts are out en force recruiting.
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GLWerth
by Gina on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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Because they're nitwits.

Edited: changed a word.  

Quoting turtle68:

 why do people join the NRA? 

 

Imacakebaker
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:07 AM
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 Good. We need to step up and defend the Constitution.  Obama sure doesn't care about it. 

Most of the people I know support the NRA, and they are normal people.  Doctors, lawyers, business owners, etc.

stormcris
by Christy on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Their lawyers. insurance and magazine to name a few 

Quoting turtle68:

 why do people join the NRA? 


candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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I think people are joining without  being recruited.  I wonder how many of your neighbors belong and you don't know about it.

Quoting LilyofPhilly:

So what? Obviously the gun nuts are out en force recruiting.


candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:12 AM

Yes, most are regular people but according to some in here, they would have to be nutcases to join the NRA.   I am glad to see the membership going up so fast.  You are right, Obama does not care about the Constitution.

Quoting Imacakebaker:

 Good. We need to step up and defend the Constitution.  Obama sure doesn't care about it. 

Most of the people I know support the NRA, and they are normal people.  Doctors, lawyers, business owners, etc.


LuvmyAiden
by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM

People see that they need groups to speak for them since their elected officials do not anymore. And beyond that there a LOTS of good programs inside the NRA. It is a great way to get started as a gun owner and get a network of instructors and other progun individuals in yor address book to help you along the way.

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