National Rifle Association of America
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
NRA Member Programs
All reports of abuse of .NRA domains should be directed to:
c/o Afilias Limited
4th Floor, International House,
3 Harbourmaster Place, IFSC,
Phone: 1 416 646 3304
Fax: 1 416 646 1541
The National Rifle Association of America (NRA) is an American nonprofit organization whose primary mission is "[to] protect and defend the Constitution of the United States...", especially the right to keep and bear arms. Founded in 1871, the group has informed its members about firearm related bills since 1934, and it has directly lobbied for and against legislation since 1975.
Originally founded to advance rifle marksmanship, the modern NRA continues to teach firearm competency and safety. It instructs civilians and law enforcement, youths and adults, in various programs. The organization also publishes several magazines and sponsors competitive marksmanship events. Its membership surpassed 5 million in May 2013.
Observers and lawmakers see the NRA as one of the top three most influential lobbying groups in Washington. Over its history the organization has influenced legislation, participated in or initiated lawsuits, and endorsed or opposed various candidates.
The NRA has four charitable subsidiaries: the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, the NRA Foundation Inc., the NRA Special Contribution Fund, and the NRA Freedom Action Foundation. The NRA is also affiliated with the Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), its lobbying arm, which manages its political action committee, the Political Victory Fund (PVF).