Thank you for making your voice heard

Thank you for making your voice heard!

“…our goal to make the NRA strong, relevant, effective and accountable has never been about me. It is about us as NRA members.”

By Ron Carter
10/24/2020

The 2020 NRA Meeting of the Members is getting started in Tucson, Arizona as I am typing this. Earlier this week I tested positive for COVID; needless to say, getting the virus one week before the meeting was demoralizing for me. While I am so incredibly disappointed to not be there with you, our goal to make the NRA strong, relevant, effective and accountable has never been about me. It is about us as NRA members. Thankfully, so many of you took the bull by the horns and attended. I am so very grateful for those of you who made that sacrifice of your time and money. I pray that today, your voice is heard despite the tone-deaf nature of the LaPierre loyalists who seem to only care about keeping hold of their power. Thank you for making your voice heard!

NRA Meeting of the Members 2020

NRA Meeting of the Members 2020

Only two types of people will attend, those loyal to Wayne LaPierre and those loyal to the Second Amendment.

By Ron Carter
10/12/2020

In the 149 year history of the National Rifle Association of America, this is the most important Meeting of the Members that there has ever been. The only group that can make the changes we need are the Board of Directors. 

It is time (past time) for directors to stand up, acknowledge the embarrassing failure that they have allowed and make drastic changes. Members must demand the NRA Board immediately act and save the Association from the jeopardy in which Wayne LaPierre and his loyalists have placed it.

Only two types of people will attend the Meeting of the Members in Tucson, those loyal to Wayne LaPierre and those loyal to the Second Amendment. The stage is set for a showdown. 

 

To date, the NRA Board of Directors have simply smiled, nodded and defended Wayne LaPierre. That is unacceptable. In any other organization in the United States, a prudent board of directors would have removed LaPierre and his cohorts two years ago (or in 1996, like they attempted to). We’ll soon have a criminally indicted CEO/EVP of the NRA and the prospect of that (regardless of election year or not) is astounding. LaPierre must not be allowed to continue to drain the NRA of millions of dollars.

The largest problem for the majority of the 76 directors is that they have been culpable. They lack the integrity to do anything more than follow a failed leader since many have enjoyed self-enriching benefits. Many directors are solely on the BoD because LaPierre wanted them there. They wouldn’t dream of crossing him. LaPierre has electioneered the board to suit his personal benefit.

 

Here is what you need to know.

 

Location, date, time and specifics are determined by the NRA in this announcement. Pima County has restrictions in place due to COVID.

Frank Tait is the only candidate for the 76th director election that is actively campaigning. The LaPierre loyalists don’t have a candidate they are actively supporting (yet), but it is obvious they don’t want Frank Tait on the board and they’ll likely pull an expensive, secretive ace out of their sleeve like we learned about here.

All members, not just those with voting eligibility, can vote for the 76th director on Friday October 23rd and Saturday, until the conclusion of the Meeting of the Members.

 

All members shall have the privilege to attend and be heard at all meetings of the members, and have have the right to attend all meetings of the board of directors.

– NRA Bylaw Article III sec 6 (d).

The Meeting of the Members has reached its “capacity,” currently, which seems to stand in contradiction to the NRA Bylaws of all members having the privilege to attend and be heard.

Immediately following the Meeting of the Members the NRA Board of Directors will have their meeting. If you can’t join us at the Meeting of the Members or the board meeting at least stop by and vote for Frank Tait. I have a feeling that there is a new Paul Payne in town and he’s going to try to make sure the LaPierre loyalists win.

More to come on this in the days leading up to the 23rd!

The Issue of Voting in the NRA: A Big Problem!

The Issues of Voting in the NRA: A Big Problem!

Ballots have to be received by March 29th. If you did not receive a ballot we need your help to make sure this never happens again. Why are we the ones to notice this and be motivated to do something? Merely looking at the voting results from last year’s election should have motivated directors to fix those problems or if nothing else at least acknowledge their existence! There must be accountability in our NRA. We must bring that accountability at the Members’ Meeting!

By Ron Carter
3/6/2020

This week in our Friends of Save the Second group, a few of our friends commented that they have not received a ballot for this year’s NRA director election. Now, typically there is some confusion as to who is voting eligible (5+ consecutive years of annual membership or life member or better) but the comments started to roll in and it quickly became obvious that there are some major problems in the voting system that the NRA uses.

For life members who receive the American Rifleman magazine in the mail their ballot usually arrives with it during mid-to-late January. For those that don’t receive the American Rifleman their ballots are sent later. Here’s the kicker: Apparently, there is a five day window for you to have requested a “replacement” ballot. One of our good friends learned that the hard way. After calling multiple times and spending a great deal of effort to find the answers, he posted,

Called back again. Spoke with a paid solicitor again who tried to get me to upgrade my membership. She eventually transferred me to HQ…educational and credentialing division. Hung up, called back, same spiel, spoke with a supervisor and finally got connected to HQ member services. They said they sent it, and the time to request a replacement ballot ended Feb 28th. So I guess I don’t get to vote this year.

In another thread we learned that one couldn’t request a replacement until February 23rd. Now we are told that the deadline to request a replacement ballot was February 28th. A five day window!

After seeing this, we took to Facebook to ask how many people didn’t receive their ballots. The results were rather shocking, to me. While I am sure that there are a few instances where an honest mistake has happened, this ballot SNAFU could very well be a large reason that only 6% of eligible NRA members voted last year. How many will vote this year?

We need to address this at the Members’ Meeting. If you did not receive a ballot and are voting eligible join us on April 18th, 2020 at Music City Center in Nashville. Be there, be heard, and get every single one of your friends to be there, too!

Ballots have to be received by March 29th. If you did not receive a ballot we need your help to make sure this never happens again. Why are we the ones to notice this and be motivated to do something? Merely looking at the voting results from last year’s election should have motivated directors to fix those problems or if nothing else at least acknowledge their existence! There must be accountability in our NRA. We must bring that accountability at the Members’ Meeting!

The Candidates

The Candidates

To make it a bit easier for you to find and listen to our discussion on the Candidates from Ep. 18 of the podcast, we’ve included the timestamped links to when we discussed the candidates below.

-John Cushman was successful in getting onto the Ballot by Petition only. It was Mr. Carter who ran by petition but was also put on the ballot by the nominating committee. Only John Cushman and Frank Tait are on the ballot solely by petition of the members.

-Patricia Clark is a former Chair of the Nominating Committee, she was not serving on the Committee when she was put on the ballot by that committee last year. It is currently not clear who the Char of the Nominating Committee is.

-Jeffrey W. Hague has withdrawn his name, as the February issue of American Rifleman indicates. Candidates page has updated to 38 candidates and 84% of those 38 being elected to the NRA BoD.

-Ted W. Carter informs us that he was elected to the BoD in 2011, not 1999.

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Voting Inside the NRA

Voting Inside the NRA

If you are like me, an annual member that hasn’t hit five or more consecutive years yet, don’t despair. You still have a voice in your NRA.

By Ron Carter
January 26th, 2020

The ballots for the NRA Board of Directors started arriving in mailboxes last week. While many voting-eligible NRA members are receiving their ballots, many members are only left to spectate. Chances are if you are a voting-eligible NRA member you have received your ballot already. If you haven’t received your ballot, do you know who to call? In this post we will cover who can vote, when they can vote, and some tools that might help you.

Who can vote? You can vote if you are a Lifetime NRA member (of any lifetime level) or have five or more consecutive years of annual membership.

 

  • Article III Section 6 of the NRA Bylaws
    ( e ) ( 1 ) Fully paid lifetime members and annual members with five or more consecutive years of membership, as shown in the Association’s membership records, who have attained the age of 18 years on or before the fiftieth (50th) day prior to the date of the annual meeting of members and who are citizens of the United States of America shall be entitled to vote. Each such member shall he entitled to cast a vote for not more than one person for each vacancy on the Board of Directors to be filled by the membership at any election of Directors, which vote shall be cast as provided in these Bylaws. In order for such a member to cast a vote at any meeting of members, a properly completed, fully paid application for lifetime membership must have been received by the Secretary on or before the fiftieth (50th) day prior to the date of the meeting, or an annual member must have five years of consecutive membership, as shown in the Association’s membership records, and such consecutive membership must be in effect on the fiftieth (50th) day prior to the meeting.


Last year around this time (early 2019), I was curious when I would be eligible to vote. After calling the member services number on the back of my member card, the fellow helping me said I would reach five years annual consecutive membership in 2020! At the time I was a bit frustrated as my on-again off-again membership had lapsed a couple times and I wouldn’t be able to vote at the members’ meeting in Indianapolis (of course, non-voting eligible members can still vote for the 76th director during the annual meeting). If something were to require a vote at the members’ meeting I would only be spectating.

This past week, I was looking for my ballot to arrive as I would have finally achieved voting eligibility. It didn’t come.

Frustrated once again, I first went to https://nramemberservices.org to make sure my membership hadn’t somehow lapsed. Using the Live Chat at the bottom, they confirmed that I would reach five years consecutive membership in December of 2020. I suppose the fellow last year was telling me the truth, I will reach five years of consecutive membership in 2020… but too late to vote in anything outside of the 76th director at NRAAM. Frustrating. 

If you need further assistance with your membership you can contact a membership specialist by calling 1-800-672-3888.

Suppose one wanted to vote at the Members’ Meeting in Nashville, 2020, they would have to purchase (and pay in full) a Life Membership before February 27th, 2020 which would be roughly 50 days prior to the Annual Meeting.

If you are like me, an annual member that hasn’t hit five or more consecutive years yet, don’t despair. You still have a voice in your NRA. You are a member! You can contact your directors, you can attend meetings, you can be involved! You can be educated! You can make a difference in your NRA.

If you have questions regarding the 39 Candidates this year, check out our Guide to the Candidates here.

Monday, Jan 26th, we’ll be discussing the Candidates in depth on our podcast. You can watch it live here

Spotter Up Podcast

Spotter Up Podcast

On January 12th, 2020 Anthony Garcia and I were guests on the Spotter Up Podcast with John Valentine.

By Ron Carter
January 16th, 2020

On January 12th, 2020 Anthony Garcia and I were guests on the Spotter Up Podcast with John Valentine. The Save the Second team had just returned home from the Winter NRA BoD Meeting and discussed many topics of conversation regarding the NRA on the show. You can watch below or subscribe to the podcast on your favorite podcast app!

One Down, Four to Go

One Down, Four to Go

Today, I am proud to say that the NRA Directors finally have an attendance policy.

By Ron Carter
January 12, 2020

When we decided to create Save the Second we established five goals that would work to make the NRA’s leadership structure stronger, more effective, relevant and accountable to the members. One of the very first focuses was to establish a Director attendance bylaw amendment, since we had all been educated on the shocking lack of director attendance by Adam Kraut and his work on the matter.

The news concerning Adam’s work was further shocking to us when after suggesting that the directors attend board meetings, NRA Director Marion Hammer called those who agreed with that “The Enemy Within.

Those of you who signed the petitions and called for accountability in the NRA are obviously not the NRA’s enemy! It seems most directors understand that despite the outlandish accusations levied by Mrs. Hammer. As a result of your hard work we completed one of our five goals yesterday! Today, I am proud to say that the NRA Directors finally have an attendance policy. 

I arrived in Tysons Corner, VA (the location of the NRA Winter Board Meeting) on Wednesday night. While the NRA Board Meeting was held on Saturday, the Committee Meetings started on Wednesday and I was eager to speak with our NRA Directors.

On Thursday, Director Todd Rathner spent around two hours total speaking with me about various topics. Director Scott Bach joined in on one such conversation, as they had been working together on our Attendance Bylaw Petition. That was news to me and honestly, I was a skeptic and initially viewed some of their claims as convenient excuses to delay ratification of the petition. They proved my skepticism wrong. During the Board Meeting, the Bylaws & Resolutions Committee Chair, Carol Frampton, brought it before the Board for a vote!

Now, there are a few things that are strange and amended from our original Bylaw Amendment Proposal by Petition of the Members. For example, they chose to make it a Board Policy instead of a bylaw. The reason they chose to do that seems to be a correction from the early 80’s when the bylaws went from 24 pages to 38 and the officer removal became five paragraphs instead of the previous one: not every little thing can be a bylaw, but it can be a policy. Ultimately, it is now the Policy of the Board of Directors that they show up. 

You might also be worried that the Policy has no “teeth” to swiftly remove those empty chairs with the excused absences, delegating to the executive council and deferring to the NRA President. Yes, this is a double-edged sword, and a fair one. We would all hate to see this policy abused and weaponized to remove a director who was calling for positive change. Similarly we would hate to see a director removed because he/she was out on the streets of Virginia, or anywhere else, fighting the real fight and couldn’t attend the meeting as a result.

There is a balance there that Scott Bach, Todd Rathner and Carol Frampton spent a shocking amount of time on and I think they got it right, perhaps not by my aggressive standard but by the standards of reasonable, prudent Directors that were in attendance at the Board Meeting. Please note that Marion Hammer failed to attend. Perhaps that is why this policy was voted for with no objection!

There is no doubt about it, this would have never been possible without your involvement. Everyone that sent a letter, email, tweet or message to their NRA Directors: Bravo!

To everyone who signed the Petition and spread the message: This would not have been possible without you!

To those of you who want to see the NRA address the problems, correct the problems and come out truly winning the fight for the protection and expansion of the Second Amendment: Do not stop now! We have four more goals to go!

NRA Director Attendance Policy

*Update:

Not only do Carol Frampton, Todd Rathner and Scott Bach deserve our thanks for their hard work on this policy, we just learned that Joel Friedman was instrumental in the drafts of this policy as well! What a breath of fresh air! A man who we had previously had such a sharp disagreement with fought for us and served the members well on this policy. 

What a pleasant surprise!

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The January BoD Meeting Schedule

the January BoD Meeting Schedule

It is unknown if this is the latest relevant schedule, but at least it might provide some bearing for those members who are attending.

By Ron Carter on January 8th, 2020

Below is the schedule for events that we have been able to obtain. It is unknown if this is the latest relevant schedule, but at least it might provide some bearing for those members who are attending. I hope to arrive around 6:00pm this evening (if all goes well). I have underlined a few committee meetings that I hope to attend. Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, Jan 10th, 2020

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  • 7:30 am NRA Office Opens
  • 7:30 am  Bylaws and Resolutions Committee
  • 9:00 am Publications Policies Committee
  • 9:30 am Clubs and Associations Committee
    10:30 am  Special Committee on Security Operations
    11:30 am  Official Family Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm  Clubs and Associations Committee w/ Club Awards Subcommittee
    1:00 pm Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee
  • 1:30pm NRA Foundation Investment Committee
  • 2:30pm Grassroots Development Committee
  • 4:00pm NRA Foundation
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  • Thursday, Jan 11th, 2020 
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  • 7:30 am NRA Office Opens
  • 9:00 am Education and Training Committee
  • 9:00 am Federal Affairs Committee
  • 9:00 am International Affairs Subcommittee
  • 9:00 am Range Source Book Subcommittee
  • 11:30 am Official Family Luncheon
  • 12:00 pm Audit Committee Luncheon Meeting
  • 1:00 pm Range Development Committee
  • 2:00 pm Investments Oversight Committee
  • 2:30 pm Legislative Policy Committee
  • 5:00 pm Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship Committee
  • 6:30 pm Dinner for Committee Chairmen and Executive Council
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  • Friday, Jan 12th, 2020
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  • 7:30 am NRA Office Opens
  • 9:00 am Disabled Shooting Sports Committee
  • 9:00 am Finance Committee
  • 9:00 am Women’s Policies Committee
  • 11:30 am Official Family Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm Protest Committee
  • 2:00 pm NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund
  • 2:30 pm Outreach Committee
  • 6:00 pm President’s Reception
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  • Saturday, Jan 13th, 2020
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  • 7:30 am NRA Office Opens
  • 7:30 am Official Family Breakfast
  • 9:00 am Board of Directors Meeting
  • 12:00 pm Official Family Luncheon
  • 1:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

By Ron Carter

Are You Going to the NRA Board Meeting?

Are You Going to the NRA BoD Meeting?

Also, it will not be comfortable. We may wonder around lost not knowing many people as is the way those in power want it. They do not want transparency. They do not want member engagement. We must pioneer that change with respectful irreverence.

By Ron Carter



On Saturday, January 11th, 2020 the Winter NRA Board Meeting will be held in Tysons Corner, VA at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

While the NRA Committee meetings will take place during the week, there is no public itinerary. There probably won’t be signs. There probably won’t be anyone to help you navigate what is going on, where to go and what to do.

Par for the course. Like we experienced in September.

It is the privilege of all NRA members to attend these meetings (Per Article III section 6 [d] of the NRA Bylaws), except when in executive session.

Why go?

Because it is your NRA. The NRA Directors work for the members. You can tell them what you want them to do! The National Rifle Association of America needs the members to be informed, engaged and active more than ever before. The problems that exist in the NRA cannot be shrugged off any longer. They must be confronted and we must inspire our directors to confront these problems with prompt integrity.

What to bring:

  1. Your NRA Member Card (with member number).
  2. Identification.
  3. Pen and paper. Take notes!
  4. Your most professional demeanor. 

Be courteous and speak to as many directors as you are able. Attend the meetings for as long as they aren’t in executive session. Be courteous and respectable, do not be belligerent.

Please Remember that this is a board meeting, not a rally or protest. 

Also, it will not be comfortable. We may wonder around lost not knowing many people as is the way those in power want it. They do not want transparency. They do not want member engagement. We must pioneer that change with respectful irreverence.

Look for the Save the Second Facebook page and group for further details that will come as soon as possible. Together we can make our NRA strong, relevant, effective and accountable.

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The End of the #76in76 Round Two

The End of the #76in76 Round two

Were you able to send each director a letter? I hope I am not alone in failing!

By Ron Carter
January 7th, 2020

This morning marks the end of our second 76 in 76 campaign. These #76in76 campaigns are meant to challenge you to contact all 76 of the National Rifle Association Board of Directors in the days leading up to the next board meeting.

Were you able to send each director a letter? I hope I am not alone in failing!

With so many directors it is incredibly difficult to find the time to write each one. If you succeeded, that is absolutely incredible! Well done!

If you failed, now is the time to do it. We need your help!

Now is the time for the board to confront the elephants in the room. Address the Corruption. Address the Self-Dealings. Address the utter lack of any accountability.

We need your help. The BoD plainly displayed their heads in the sand at the September Board Meeting. Surely with your letters and messages the NRA BoD will listen to their members! We’ll be attending the Board Meeting on Saturday, imploring the directors to act!

Please, make up where you missed all 76 and send an email to the entire board at:

nrabod@nrahq.org

 

Below is my letter to the Board of Directors. Hopefully, the directors will see it, read it and act!

 

(Name of Board member)
NRA Office of the Secretary
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

OR email: nrabod@nrahq.org

OR call (703) 267 – 1021

Please include your name, membership I.D. number as only communications from NRA members will be forwarded.

 

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January NRA Board Meeting ’20

January NRA Board Meeting ’20

From Save the Second’s Facebook Event for the NRA Winter Board Meeting We are six days away 

By Ron Carter
January 5, 2020

We are six days away from the January NRA Board Meeting with the Committee Meetings likely starting in just two days.

The NRA Board of Directors meet three times each year, January, April and September. These meetings also host many of the 37 standing committee meetings. One committee meeting in particular will be exceptionally important this year, the Finance Committee meeting on Friday, January 10th at 0900 in Regency Ballroom, 1st level.

The NRA Board has largely been quiet over the fall and winter months. Multiple subpoenas have been served to the NRA BoD, the latest round of subpoenas were likely served before Christmas. Merry Christmas Directors, right? Yikes.

Is this enough to spur change? Is this enough to address the failed leadership and lack of accountability in our NRA? Or is there nothing that will change those directors’ minds? Will they simply continue to allow the malfeasance and self-serving M.O.?

The list of candidates for the 2020 NRA BoD election points to the later with 37 of the 39 having been nominated by the Nominating Committee. Several candidates are only known in the firearms community as a result of acquaintance to Wayne LaPierre. Save the Second’s Guide to the NRA BoD Candidates will be published soon.

Even if the NRA leadership is not at fault for many of the transgressions they have allowed our NRA to be brought to a place where the entire organization is in jeopardy… and in one of the most important election years in our nation’s history. That is entirely unacceptable.

Poll From the Facebook group Friends of Save the Second

What can you do?

You can help by emailing the NRA BoD at nrabod@nrahq.org (please include your member I.D. number) and tell them what you would like them to do. The directors work for the members.

You can attend! You can be there and speak with your NRA BoD’s!!! If you can make it, please come out. As a NRA member you have a RIGHT to attend the NRA Board Meeting per the NRA Bylaws.

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