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Mambo No. 5
Feb 24, 2009

Admiral Parry "Terror" Sornis,
Dead Birds Society



"Jesus gently caress you know what? No.

Someone who isn’t an idiot remake this thread."

-Cyrano4747, August 9th, TYooL 2019.

EDIT: This post is very brief when it comes to how to get involved with these organizations, if you want more in depth information about how to contribute and/or join these organizations see Meso Beno's post immediately following this one.

There are currently 22 organizations listed on Wikipedia's "Category:Gun rights advocacy groups in the United States" page. The NRA is listed twice, once in a subcategory section. The major players are ones we have all seen from time to time, many times right here in this very forum. I'll warn you now, Wikipedia and their own websites are the primary sources. The following are listed in no particular order, but I'd like to address the Elephant first.

The National Rifle Association of America (NRA):
"From my cold, dead Hands." -Charlton Heston, May 20, 2000

The NRA was founded in 1871 to help people become better marksman after the Civil War. In the 1930s they started informing members about politics and policies surrounding firearms. Before the 1970s the NRA wasn't partisan. After the 1970s they shifted to lobbying and advocating for the 2nd. Without getting too deep into why a lot of people don't like them, let's just say they don't advocate for everyone's 2nd Amendment rights equally and leave it there.

Website: https://home.nra.org/

The Socialist Rifle Association (SRA):

Founded on March 17, 2018 by a merger between two separate socialist organizations that already existed. They have about 2000 members, are currently named in a lawsuit along with Redneck Revolt and a whole bunch of fascist groups filed by Charlottesville, and sent aid to the victims of Hurricane Michael. They espouse the values that most lefties will agree with, namely anti-racism, anti-fascism, and anti-capitalism; along with the Points of Untiy. Just this year they were accepted into and summarily expelled from the NSSF.

Website: https://socialistra.org/

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF):

Founded in 1961, the NSSF focuses on hunters and target sports. They give out grants to college kids, sponsor SHOT Show, and write safety and instruction standards. Being big advocates of hunting, they supported the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014. The FTC was investigating them for anti-trust reasons back in 2000 to 2003, but Bush II but that to bed. Their headquarters are three miles away from Sandy Hook.

Website: http://www.nssf.org/

The Liberal Gun Club (LGC):

Founded in 2008, there are 9 chapters across the US. In 2014 they had 1200 members and has grown a lot since 2016 for fairly obvious reasons. They purport to be a liberal voice in the 2A discussion, advocating primarily for "Root Cause Mitigation," and enforcing existing laws. They hold regular events and host training programs of various types.

Website: https://theliberalgunclub.com/

Redneck Revolt (RR):

An offshoot of the John Brown Gun Club (JBGC) founded in 2009 as a reaction to the Tea Party movement, they are staunch anti-capitalists, anti-racists and anti-fascists. The JBGC itself was founded in 2004. After a hiatus of sorts, the organization reformed in 2016 and have used both the RR and JBGC names. Their website uses the language of the working person, encouraging the cooperation and armament all working class people, black, brown, and white.

Website: https://www.redneckrevolt.org/

Huey P. Newton Gun Club (HPNGC):

Named for the founder of the Black Panther Party, the HPNGC was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Dallas. They are primarily advocated for black gun ownership and anti-police brutality. They have held open carry rallies/patrols in south Dallas, counter protested BAIR outside of a Nation of Islam masque, and have been spotted in small numbers in Dayton, Ohio as recently as May of this year. They believe strongly in power through education and arming the black population to defend themselves from state violence, as well as ending self-hatred in the black community.

Website: https://hueypnewtongunclub.org/home

Pink Pistols (PP):

PP was founded in 2000, inspired by a Salon article. They are now in 3 countries and have 45 chapters across 33 states. They advocate for arming the LGBT community though identifying as such is not a requirement for membership. The homepage of their website currently has an anti-gate-keeping message front and center. They regularly meet up for range visits, and assist in selecting and familiarizing people with firearms. Orlando had a pretty big impact on the organization and their membership skyrocketed. The 2016 election had a similar impact and as of 2017 there were over 9000 members.

Website: http://www.pinkpistols.org/

There are others so feel free to post about the one I didn't include that you like more than any of these. By all means, correct/improve my descriptions, if it's particularly impressive I'll edit it into this post. The Wikipedia list I used as my jumping off point can be found here:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Gun_rights_advocacy_groups_in_the_United_States

It seems to me that there is a lot of swing from left to right and I lean left most days so that probably skewed my list, but the NRA and the NSSF don't need my help recruiting and the smaller orgs might benefit from some nobody talking about them on this dead forum. If you want to post about local chapters/gatherings/events for gun clubs, this thread is a good place to do it.

Mambo No. 5 fucked around with this message at 13:10 on Aug 15, 2019

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wheres my beer
Apr 29, 2004


Tryin' to catch me ridin' dirty


Fun Shoe

Oh neat. I got started on a thread like this but things got busy in the real world. If I could make a suggestion, perhaps it would be wise organize the OP so it's easy for folks to identify the groups that best suit them. Perhaps something along the lines of my notes:

National (US)
Gun Owners of America
Firearms Policy Coalition
Second Amendment Foundation

Regional (US)
CA - CalGuns
WA - Washington Arms Collectors

Specialty
Hunting - Back Country Hunters and Anglers
Industry - National Sport Shooting Foundation
NFA/Industry - American Suppressor Association
NFA - NFA Freedom Alliance
LGBTQ - Pink Pistols
Religious - Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership
Socialist - John Brown Gun Club/Redneck Revolt
Socialist - Socialist Rifle Association


International
Australia - Sporting Shooters Association of Australia
British - British Association for Shooting and Conservation
Canada - National Firearms Association
New Zealand - National Shooters Association
Switzerland - ProTell


Proposed Format

code:
[img]OrgLogo.jpg[/img]
[i]Specialty Status[/i] - [b][url=http://orgurl.xxx]Organizational Name (ON)[/url][/b] - Brief write about organization covering their politics, charity status, stance on the guns, whatever else may be relevant to someone in TFR.

[quote=Mission Statement]Insert organizational mission statement in their words here[/quote]

[b]How Can I Help?[/b]
[url=http://orgyurl.xxx/donate-organs/]Donation  or Membership Page[/url]
[url=http://orgyurl.xxx/meatings/]Meetings or other relevant get active page[/url]
National Organizations (US)

The Second Amendment Foundation is firearms 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Corporation is based out of Bellevue Washington and has successfully lobbied against censorship in libraries, worked with the NRA to get Legal Alien Firearm Permits reinstated in Washington State, kicked off McDonald v. Chicago on the heels of the Heller decision, and started the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms which is an organization intended to support individuals who felt like the NRA wasn't working hard enough to protect their gun rights. At the time of this writing, they have a 74.92/100 on Charity Watch

2AF Mission Statement posted:

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms.

To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate.

How can you help the SAF?
Amazon Smile
Memberships



The Firearms Policy Coalition - The Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) is a 501(c)(4) a California based "grassroots" firearms organization that aggressively monitors and messages about state and federal laws regarding firearms. They lean quite heavily on asking for funding, but often alert me to changes in laws in my own state before my local groups are even aware of it, and make an attempt at targeting a younger demographic. Their messaging is a pretty hard line and they don't seem to be afraid to poo poo on anyone who's willing to sacrifice our collective firearms rights.

PC mission is: posted:

∙To protect and defend the Constitution of the United States and the People’s rights, privileges and immunities deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition, especially the inalienable, fundamental, and individual right to keep and bear arms;
∙To protect, defend, and advance the means and methods by which the People of the United States may exercise those rights, including, but not limited to, the acquisition, collection, transportation, exhibition, carry, care, use, and disposition of arms for all lawful purposes, including, but not limited to, self-defense, hunting, and service in the appropriate militia for the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberty of its citizens;
∙ To foster and promote the shooting sports and all lawful uses of arms; and,
∙To foster and promote awareness of, and public engagement in, all of the above.

How can you help the FPC?
Giv money



Gun Owners of America (GOA) - The Gun Owners of America is a hardcore pro-Second Amendment 501(c)(4) non-profit that leans in hard on not budging on gun rights. They have strongly opposed any expansion of the FBI NCIS, universal background checks, "assault weapon" bans, caliber bans, and have even had some success in preventing some legislation from making it through congress. Based on my quick read of their promotional material they are pretty hard core in their stance but still think The Donald will be the savior of American's gun rights.

GOA About Page posted:

GOA has never wavered from its mission to defend the Second Amendment.

Over the last 30 years, GOA has built a nationwide network of attorneys to help fight court battles in almost every state in the nation to protect gun owner rights. GOA staff and attorneys have also worked with members of Congress, state legislators and local citizens to protect gun ranges and local gun clubs from closure by overzealous government anti-gun bureaucrats.

As an example, GOA fought for and won, the right of gun owners to sue and recover damages from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) for harassment and unlawful seizure of firearms.

How can you help the GOA?
Giv Muny


Regional Organizations (US)


AZ - Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) - AzCDL is staunch 2A supporter and helped Arizona return to constitutional carry. In my opinion they have steered clear of partisan politics and successfully lobbied for and against laws that impact gun rights in AZ. If there is any gun related legislation going on in AZ, chances are good AzCDL has had a part in it.


How Can I Help?
Membership Page
Volunteer and Upcoming Events Page
Links to other organizations both national and regional

Their site is a little dated and some of the links are dead, but there is a lot of good information to be had. - The Pigeon


VA - Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) - State level groups can be good. Capn Beeb

Mission Statement posted:

IVCDL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental human right of all Virginians to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia.


VCDL believes that to win the fight to restore our Gun Rights, we have to:

- go on the offensive
- make use of a very effective lobbyist –- the voter

How Can I Help?
Membership
Donate
Events
Newsletter!!!


WA - Washington Arms Collectors (WAC) - The WAC is a non-profit 501(c)(4) based in Washington State and is dedicated to supporting local firearms rights, as well as operating a series of gun shows in Western Washington (Puyallup and Monroe). They publish a lovely rag that offers a buy and smell, advertisements for local gun businesses, and updates to State and Federal laws. As an organization they're not the most organized bunch, and may have had recent issues regarding the handling of the Gun Show Building Fund. That said, the group seems to try to put on a good show and a halfway decent print publication.

One Wordy Mission Statement posted:

Washington Arms Collectors, a non-profit corporation, hereinafter abbreviated “WAC” or the “corporation,” provides a forum for collectors of arms and their accouterments to exchange these objects and information about them in a setting of fellowship and camaraderie, in order to foster research, education and publication concerning arms and their relationship to history.

The corporation also seeks to broaden the interest of the general public in arms collecting. The corporation fosters the collection, possession and ownership of such objects, consistent with all applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, and regulations.

I WANNA JOIN!!!1
Membership - or go to one of their shows i guess.

wheres my beer fucked around with this message at 08:33 on Aug 15, 2019

Steve Balmer
Jun 25, 2008

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Nice list, OP. Kinda heavy on organizations supporting political causes that will instantly confiscate every single gun if they got power, though.

Dick Burglar
Mar 6, 2006
Check out my hot takes because I'm a straight white male

Why was the SRA expelled from the NSSF so quickly after being accepted in?

22 Eargesplitten
Oct 10, 2010

Certified Centrist Trash


Because socialism is scary.

Dr. Gojo Shioji
Apr 22, 2004



Dick Burglar posted:

Why was the SRA expelled from the NSSF so quickly after being accepted in?

Info here, but basically the SRA applied with and was approved through NSSF's automated system, and once someone within the NSSF was able to review the application they declined it since the NSSF is a direct mechanism of and funded by the American gun industry and felt that an anti-capitalist organization ran against their beliefs and interests.

Dick Burglar
Mar 6, 2006
Check out my hot takes because I'm a straight white male

Dan Zimmerman posted:

We’ve also noted the new-found interest in guns on the part of some leftist groups. Some of them apparently think there are gulags and concentration camps just waiting for them under the current administration. Whatever.

Hoo boy, way to show your hand in the first four sentences. Also, Dan Zimmerman doesn't understand paragraphs.

The Pigeon
Feb 8, 2008

I have nothing to say here.


College Slice

REGIONAL (US)

AZ - Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) - AzCDL is staunch 2A supporter and helped Arizona return to constitutional carry. In my opinion they have steered clear of partisan politics and successfully lobbied for and against laws that impact gun rights in AZ. If there is any gun related legislation going on in AZ, chances are good AzCDL has had a part in it.

AzCDL Mission Statement posted:

The Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL) is a non-profit 501(c)(4), all volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to the principles contained in Article II, Section 2 of the Arizona Constitution that "All political power is inherent in the people, and governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and are established to protect and maintain individual rights." The rights of self-defense and bearing arms are the foundation for all other rights. Our freedom of speech, our freedom from unreasonable searches, our rights against self-incrimination, our right to bear arms, all of our fundamental rights only exist because we stand firmly resolved to preserve them. AzCDL exists to strengthen that resolve.

How Can I Help?
Membership Page
Volunteer and Upcoming Events Page
Links to other organizations both national and regional

Their site is a little dated and some of the links are dead, but there is a lot of good information to be had.

The Pigeon fucked around with this message at 02:22 on Aug 15, 2019

frunksock
Feb 21, 2002



Mambo No. 5 posted:

Without getting too deep into why a lot of people don't like them, let's just say they don't advocate for everyone's 2nd Amendment rights equally and leave it there.

It's debatable whether they advocate for everyone's 2A rights equally in 2019. By debatable I mean there's been dozens of pages of people debating it in various threads in this forum over the past few years and it'd suck if this thread turned into that. What isn't really debatable is that, in addition to advocating for 2A rights, they also push 100% unrelated right-wing culture war schlock, and are super comfortable having an openly-racist idiot like Ted Nugent on their board. Without even getting into the current cluster of scandals around financial mismanagement and corruption.

quote:

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF):

Founded in 1961, the NSSF focuses on hunters and target sports. They give out grants to college kids, sponsor SHOT Show, and write safety and instruction standards. Being big advocates of hunting, they supported the Bipartisan Sportsmen's Act of 2014. The FTC was investigating them for anti-trust reasons back in 2000 to 2003, but Bush II but that to bed. Their headquarters are three miles away from Sandy Hook.

Website: http://www.nssf.org/

The NSSF is really just the industry trade group.

Capn Beeb
Jun 29, 2003

Enter the woods, find a friend!


State level groups can be good.

Virginia: Virginia Citizens Defense League

The Pigeon
Feb 8, 2008

I have nothing to say here.


College Slice

Capn Beeb posted:

State level groups can be good.

Virginia: Virginia Citizens Defense League

The AzCDL was patterened after the VCDL, andiIt has worked quite well for us.

Also, MAC did a Q&A with Erich Pratt of GOA today. I thought the GOA came across pretty well. It was the first time I have heard him in a public forum.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDWDjUp_HgY

wheres my beer
Apr 29, 2004


Tryin' to catch me ridin' dirty


Fun Shoe

If its ok with ya'll I'm going to update my post with everyone's suggestions.

Mambo No. 5
Feb 24, 2009

Admiral Parry "Terror" Sornis,
Dead Birds Society



Miso, if only I knew you were planning the better thread!

Cyrano4747
Sep 25, 2006



It’s all good. The two posts are right next to each other so they work well as joint OPs.

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wheres my beer
Apr 29, 2004


Tryin' to catch me ridin' dirty


Fun Shoe

Cyrano4747 posted:

It’s all good. The two posts are right next to each other so they work well as joint OPs.

Yessss were gonna work together to try and structure the first two posts an a way that makes sense.

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