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NRA (National Rifle Association) and Criminal Justice Policy - The Effectiveness of the National Rifle Association as a Public Interest Group

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P H Blackmon; R E Gardiner
Date Published
22 pages
The effectiveness of National Rifle Association (NRA) Lobbying efforts in opposing the passage of gun control laws is discussed as it relates to NRA relations with the criminal justice system and public attitudes.

The NRA is the largest gun club in the free world, with interests in all aspects of shooting sports, as< well as self-defense uses of firearms. While the NRA had previously supported moderate gun control proposals, the failure of such legislation to curb crime or reduce criminal access to firearms led to a decision to engage in legislative, political, and legal activism in defense of the second amendment right to bear arms. Factors important in the success of NRA efforts include single-issue purity: the NRA carefully avoids involvement in issues other than those involving guns and hunting -- it will not be drawn into general crime-control plans. In addition, the NRA has, over the decades, enjoyed the support of law enforcement through its involvement in police training. 61 references.