What are the benefits of being an NRA member?

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  1. CHRONICcartman

    CHRONICcartman Member

    Mar 26, 2015
    I have been thinking lately on becoming a member of the NRA. I want to hear from actual people associated with them or who have been members in the past to give me some insight. Is it worth it? Why or why not?


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  2. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    If you like being able to possess guns then it is well worth it. There are other groups that are nice but NRA is the king of protecting our gun rights.
  3. BG1960

    BG1960 Well-Known

    You get lots and lots of phone calls. NRA credit cards, NRA wine, NRA insurance, NRA toilet paper, NRA NRA. Son's of bitches just cannot leave you alone even after you politely opt out of their non-stop infomercial shit.
  4. V-Tach

    V-Tach Well-Known Forum Sponsor

    Sep 30, 2012
    I receive no BS calls, very little mail.........

    All the NRA members I know are good stand up kind of folks..........

    Membership is what you make of it..........

  5. 45tex

    45tex Well-Known

    Feb 1, 2009
    When the NRA fought to maintain their multi-generational support of Harry Reid, was when I parted company with them. They claim they are a single issue group and Reid was good for things like public ranges. The harm Reid has done to America and his solid support for Socialist issues far outweighed any good he may have done for gun owners in only his home State.
  6. busykngt

    busykngt Well-Known

    Jun 14, 2011
    What would be your motivation to join such a national organization (what are you looking for)?
    For the average member, I'd have to say there's very little in the way of tangible things to expect from the NRA. They apparently do have a most effective Second Amendment congressional lobbying organization (source: every Democratic candidate running for a national office...'nuf said). And I'd have to say that's the main reason I became a life member (and bought one for my grandson). If your idea is to try to support and sustain the 2nd Amendment, then the NRA is a good choice but certainly not your only choice. I also support Gun Owners of America (GOA), which is a pretty effective (& vocal) 2A organization. And there are others at both the national level as well as the state level. Of course, the NRA also offer firearms training and instructor certifications (etc.) if that's an area of interest to you. But to ask, "what am I buying or paying for?" As I said, you're either paying for 'not much' OR you're paying to help protect a God-given, inalienable right that an unruly government would take away from you.

    ETA: For those of you who elect to not support the NRA for whatever reason (your choice, of course), what 2A organization do you support? At least recommend to the OP who you view as worthy of your support ($$).
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  7. Dawico

    Dawico TGT Addict

    Oct 15, 2009
    Lampasas, Texas
    So you quit supporting a gun rights organization because they supported a pro gun politician?

    They are a one issue organization. That is what they do.

    To each their own I guess.
  8. sdismukes

    sdismukes Active Member

    Nov 26, 2014
    Erath County
    I'm a life member, bought into the offer about 2 years ago. The American Rifleman magazine is good - some good articles and I read the legislative/political updates regularly. I get very little from them in terms of buy this or give money for that, but there is some. Generally an email. Now and again they have a good offer on some gear if you donate $X to the cause.

    They are unabashedly a 2A group and a 2A group only. So if they supported Reid, it was because they saw 2A support in him at the time. if he was also politically liberal, they didn't care - 2A is all they care about. To that end I say BRAVO! They are a huge force to reckon with at the polls - every candidate knows this and yet Hellary has chosen to take them on. I do not wish her luck, in fact I hope it's the latest and greatest mistake she ever made.

    I would enroll in the NRA just to add another member to their count! For every NRA member the candidates know there are hundreds of like minded folks who are not NRA members out there.

    Another group that helps is the Second Amendment Foundation. They actually have a better track record, especially in lower courts and/or lesser cases, supporting and WINNING 2A cases. NRA (ILA division) will step in like an 800 lb gorilla for select cases or in the end game of those cases that get to Circuit Courts or the Supreme court. They do tend to be the big dog when they show up regardless of who got the case to that point or how they did it. Sometimes their attitude can turn a case the wrong way. The GOA is a good group and there are several others at the State levels.
  9. karlac

    karlac TGT Addict TGT Supporter

    Aug 21, 2013
    WestU, TX
    Member of NRA, among others, and give to NRA-ILA often.
    No one organization is perfect, but what's the alternative?
    For me, NOT monetarily supporting any organization that steps up to the plate on 2A issues, both nationally and locally, and especially one that is as loathed by the organized anti-gun movement as the NRA, means not being involved in a solution.

    YMMV ...
  10. Jeffrey

    Jeffrey Active Member

    Jan 12, 2013
    Longview, Tx
    I support and donate to GOA. NRA has put too many knives in the backs of gun owners for me to ever trust them again.

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