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.