Gun Rights Lobby


1926 – Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI)
an accredited standards developer for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

1929 – National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) is a non-profit trade association that provides information to and advocates for the sporting goods industry. NSGA members include retailers, institutional team dealers, wholesalers, manufacturers and industry associates

June 8, 1960 First National Conference on the Shooting Sports
Created by Warren Page (Shooting Editor for Field & Stream 1947-1974)

In 1975, the NRA’s board of directors created a lobbying arm, the Institute for Legislative Action

The Gun Owners of America (GOA) was founded in 1975 by H.L. Richardson, a California state senator and current NRA director. Unlike the NRA, which continues to finance gun-safety courses and target competitions, the GOA has taken upon itself only one mission: to put money into elections, either for or against a candidate. In the 1980 campaigns, it spent $1.3 million, which was about eighty percent of its budget. Based in Sacramento, California, it has almost no lobbying effort on the Hill.


The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) has taken a different approach. Of the $2 million it’s raised in the past two years, only $15,000 has been spent on political races. The rest has gone for a TV documentary and a broad range of propaganda. There is one full-time CCRKBA lobbyist in Washington: John Snyder, a former editor with one of the NRA magazines. He left, he says, because the NRA was not “hard-hitting enough.” By way of example, one Christmas he sent everyone on the Hill a card with a picture of Santa Claus holding a gun.

CCRKBA’s founder is another maverick NRA member, Alan Gottlieb. He runs the organization from offices in Bellevue, Washington.

2003 United States Concealed Carry Association

Knox and Carter set up the Firearms Civil Rights Legal Defense Fund, a kind of public defenders’ office for gun people.



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