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  National Rifle Association   The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence

Widely recognized as a major political force, the NRA is America’s foremost advocacy organization that promotes the Second Amendment right to carry arms. Founded in 1871 by Union veterans dismayed at the lack of marksmanship showed by their troops in the Civil War, the NRA began as a small sportsman’s club in New York. Today, the organization has four million members and is committed to preserving the right of law-abiding citizens to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes.

The NRA continues its extensive involvement in firearms education, with over 50,000 certified instructors training 750,000 gun owners every year. In 1975, the NRA formed the Institute for Legislative Action to lobby Congress on legislation affecting NRA constituent. The NRA raises tens of millions of dollars each year to defend Second Amendment rights.


Together with the Brady Center and the Million Mom March, the Brady Campaign is the nation’s largest organization working to prevent gun violence through legislation, industry reform and grassroots efforts. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan’s press secretary Jim Brady was shot and seriously wounded during an assassination attempt on the president. His wife, Sarah Brady, later joined the gun control effort, eventually becoming chair of the movement’s leading national organizations (renamed for the Brady family in 2001).

In 1993, after a seven-year legislative battle, the Brady Bill law was passed, requiring a five-day waiting period and background checks on handgun purchases. An Assault Weapon Ban followed in 1994. In 2001, the Brady Campaign merged with the Million Mom March, a grassroots organization dedicated to preventing gun death and injury and supporting victims and survivors of gun violence.

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