A Gun Owner’s Responsibilities

The National Rifle Association is, among other things, a firearms training organization.  The NRA trains more responsible and law-abiding citizens that any other training entity in the Country.  The NRA has courses in firearms that range from the  “First Steps” of owning and using pistols and rifles to advanced defensive pistol classes for people who lawfully carry concealed weapons for their personal defense.

The NRA has long had a policy on what constitutes a gun owner’s responsibilities.  This is not something the NRA recently came up with. I’m not sure when it first appeared by I believe it was several decades ago.  I reproduce it here verbatim out of an NRA publication from April, 2006:

Americans enjoy a right that citizens of many other countries do not — the right to own firearms. But with this right come responsibilities. It is the gun owner’s responsibility to store, operate and maintain his or her firearms safely. It is the gun owner’s responsibility to ensure that unauthorized or untrained individuals cannot gain access to his or her firearms. And it is the gun owner’s responsibility to learn and obey all applicable laws that pertain to the purchase, possession and use of a firearm in his or her locale. Guns are neither safe nor unsafe by themselves. When gun owners learn and practice responsible gun ownership, guns are safe.

This statement of a gun owner’s responsibility is taught in every firearms training class that the NRA sponsors. It always has been.

Who is doing more to promote responsible firearms ownership and firearm safety in America? Senator Diane Feinstein, Chuck Shumer, CNN and its anti-gun rabble rousers, or the National Rifle Association?

The question answers itself.

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