What’s going to happen during the NRA emergency Board Meeting this weekend?

What’s going to happen during the NRA emergency Board Meeting this weekend?

“And, that brings us back to this weekend: The NRA is diminished, distracted and less relevant because of gross dysfunction and mismanagement.”

By Rob Pincus

That’s question that (almost ) no one in the gun community is asking.

No one is asking because, frankly, the gun community is a bit bored with the drama. Most people simply don’t care anymore. They don’t care what is happening and they don’t really care about the NRA anymore in general. They are over it. Even if Wayne LaPierre announced his immediate retirement, Mr. Brewer announced he had reached a settlement with the NY Attorney General’s Office and the Board unanimously voted to support the Bankruptcy Gambit (retroactively), the days of the NRA pretending they speak for American Gun Owners, strong arming industry companies for donations and bullying other organizations are long gone. Even the media has had to reluctantly accept that the NRA isn’t their easy button anymore. No references to their thoughts on the Boulder Killings this week (or lack thereof) can be reported without mentioning that the organization is “beleaguered”, “distracted” or “plagued” with legal troubles. Unless they go with something like “impotent”, “muted”, “diminished”, “castrated” or at the very least “less relevant” due to financial struggles.

Regardless of which route they take to explain it: They are correct. The NRA is less relevant to American Gun Owners than ever before. Established members of the community that know where the fights are and who is working the hardest are supporting Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition and a handful of State Organizations in the places where the gun rights are the most infringed or under the most direct threat. New gun owners, for the most part, seem to want nothing to do with the NRA at all, if they think it even still exists. They are flocking to the aforementioned Firearms Policy Coalition and Gun Owners of America, who’s marketing & image appeals much more to younger gun owners and the current crop of community influencers.

New gun owners, regardless of age, also have thrown support behind organizations that focus on advocacy, education and public awareness groups that represent specific areas of gun ownership, the armed lifestyle or gun owner groups. These organizations, such as Walk The Talk America, Liberal Gun Owners, United States Concealed Carry Association and Second Amendment Organization (which I am the Executive Vice President of), do not fight the traditional gun rights fight in the courts or through elected officials, they focus on educating gun owners to be more responsible, to be better advocates for gun rights and on raising public awareness in regard to the truth about gun ownership and use in the United States. The truth is that the NRA used to do all of those things to one degree or another… and, arguably, they did it pretty well until the a couple of decades ago when they lost their way.

And, that brings us back to this weekend: The NRA is diminished, distracted and less relevant because of gross dysfunction and mismanagement. The accusations of wrong-doing have been listed for a long time. They have been catalogued and discussed in articles on this blog and many other places. If, somehow, you are reading this and don’t have any idea what I’m writing about, you can get caught up by listening to Season Two of the Gangster Capitalism Podcast… and then reading all about the last few months of ridiculousness surrounding an attempt to simultaneously claim that the organization is in great financial shape and declare bankruptcy at the same time… in a State other than the one where the NRA is incorporated… and also not the State where they are headquartered… just days after preferentially paying the lawyer leading the efforts several millions of dollars… right before the Department of Justice filed a motion with the Federal Bankruptcy Court to have him barred from serving as legal counsel because of his past and current shenanigans.

So, it is understandable why most of the gun community doesn’t care about this weekend’s meeting. To be honest, I’m willing to bet that a solid third of the 76 person board doesn’t really care either. All indications are that they are over the whole thing to. Several Members have resigned over the past few years and several others have already not run for re-election or indicated that they will not when their current terms are up. Infamously, one Board Member who’s been on the board for a long time has still never bothered to show up to a meeting. I’m pretty sure that I’ve been to more meetings over the past two years (all of them) than at least 10 current Board Members. There was barely a quorum at the last meeting that took place in January and this emergency meeting had to be postponed from its original date because at least one person “critical” to the proceedings couldn’t make it… allegedly.

When the NRA emergency board meeting was scheduled to happen two weeks ago, I had my tickets and hotel room booked. I was flying to Dallas after a day of teaching on the range that Saturday and flying back to Florida late on Sunday night, so I could be back teaching again Monday morning. As I write this on Friday evening, in Denver, I haven’t decided if I’m going to head to Dallas. Every Board Member and other “insider” I’ve talked to has told me not to bother… but, I can’t help but wonder what might happen. There have been a ton of rumors swirling for several weeks now.

Is there a Settle Agreement with the New York AG’s Office?

Has an heir to Wayne LaPierre been picked by the leadership cabal?

Is there a formal Re-organization plan that they Board will be lead to approve?

Has the Special Litigation Committee been told to decide to try to withdraw the Bankruptcy case?

Will there be a change in lead counsel?

Will the Board actually get an assertive and independent counsel of their own?

Has a new location for the re-location been chosen?

Of all those possibilities, some of which are pretty far-fetched, the ones that I think are most likely are the settlement agreement. I can’t imagine that they really want to go to trial with the NY Case, and settlement puts them in a position to argue against a Trustee being put in charge of the organization by the Bankruptcy Court. It seems inevitable that the Board will come out of a private executive session having approved whatever it is that Wayne and his lackeys have decided should happen next. There simply aren’t enough reformists on the Board to result in any other outcome. I do, however, hope that a few voices will distinguish themselves by finding a way to get it into the public record that they objected, argued or at least commented skeptically on any plan that doesn’t involve Wayne’s apologetic resignation and a wholesale replacement of the entire Executive Committee and every Corporate Officer.

Phil Journey has surprised everyone with his audacious stand against the leadership since regaining a seat on the Board last year. I hope he has inspired, or at least provided an opportunity, for some other members to risk being blackballed, sued or simply shunned at the lunch buffet. That certainly is what people were thinking would happen when this meeting was originally scheduled. Stephen Gutowski wrote about Journey’s efforts, and ostracization, in the Washington Free Beacon.

One thing is certain, the DOJ Filing put all of Board Members On Notice of the real problems and their severity. Before that filing, it could be argued by any of them that didn’t serve on a very small number of very powerful committees that they had done their duties simply by accepting the word of the Officers or Executive Committee that everything was fine. An article in the Atlantic or an accusation from a former NRA employee doesn’t create any real pressure… even the NY AG’s claims can be rationalized away as a “political attack”… but, the Department of Justice telling a Federal Judge that they believe there has been serious problems, and spelling them out, makes it a little more clear that there really is a compelling “fiduciary responsibility” to act. I think… and so did the No Lawyers, Only Guns and Money Blog.

The safe money is on nothing big happening at the NRA Emergency Board meeting and I’m leaning towards not showing up myself. Hopefully, some other NRA Members who do still care will be there to question the Directors and express their thoughts. But, the truth is there really just aren’t many who care anymore. The NRA is closer to being a lost cause than ever before. Maybe that will change on Sunday if at least a few Board Members take bold action.

The truth is that what happens with the NRA should matter to the gun community. That’s the reason that Savethe2a.org exists. We believe that a strong and relevant NRA is a great asset to the gun community… we also believe that we won’t have a strong or relevant NRA without significant reform.

What about the NRA Board of Directors Legal Counsel?

What about the NRA Board of Directors Legal Counsel?

“With proper legal protection in place, would the Board be braver? Would they be able to do more to push reform? Would they be able to regain control of the organization for The Members?”

By Rob Pincus

For several years, the issue of the Board of Directors having their own legal counsel has been contentious and convoluted. While there is officially a Board Counsel, he hasn’t been very engaged in working on behalf of the Board Members.

Much attention has been focused on the extraordinary amount of money being spent on the services of William Brewer’s firm to defend the NRA against the investigations of the NY AG’s office and the multi-million dollar lawsuit with the former tail-that-wagged-the-dog PR Firm Ackerman-McQueen. The issue of inadequate Board Counsel since things exploded into turmoil may be far more important than many people think. With proper legal protection in place, would the Board be braver? Would they be able to do more to push reform? Would they be able to regain control of the organization for The Members?

Amidst the many Resignations of Board Members since the tumultuous Member’s Meeting in 2019,  there is good reason to believe that some Board Members have felt that they have been put in legal jeopardy by the actions of the NRA’s Leadership, both civilly and criminally. At least one Board Member is currently being sued by the NRA for trying to help the organization clean up its act. He was denied use of the Board’s Counsel and a judge ruled that the NRA doesn’t have to pay his legal fees involved in the internal fight. Finding out that Board Members working on behalf of The Members that elected them have to pay their own legal fees makes one question the purpose of the Board of Directors having separate counsel from the organization in the first place. There are also questions about just how separate the Board’s current lawyer is. Over the past few years, there have been many changes for the NRA’s legal team, most of which have resulted in a consolidation of power under Brewer’s firm.

In 2019, the Board’s longtime counsel, Steven Hart, was removed from his position, apparently after challenging the way in which the Brewer legal team was handling things. He has been very critical of Brewer and his tactics… unfortunately, Hart is also credited with originally bringing Brewer in. He was replaced by William Davis, who was not in the firearms industry or affiliated with the NRA prior to the assignment. It might be more than a coincidence that he did work with Brewer on a big case involving FLIR a handful of years ago. He lives in Wisconsin and, to my knowledge, has done nothing of note for the NRA, much less Board Members trying to fix the organization in his almost 2 years as Board Counsel. I can’t recall hearing him speak at any of the Board Meetings, nor do I believe he has even been present at them. If he’s honestly representing Board Members in any significant way, no one is talking or writing about it… and we still have board members resigning.

Last year, a leaked recording featured Wayne LaPierre saying the troubles that his leadership caused the NRA cost over $100,000,000.  I didn’t need to hear the recording, because I heard him say it no less than 3 times with my own ears during various committee meetings during the Winter Board Meeting in Virginia. We now know that the Brewer Firm had billed the NRA over $50 Million at that point. Estimates are that the current bill with Brewer reaches 9 Figures,  which includes the dubious investment in the Bankruptcy Gambit that seems doomed to fail. If you don’t understand why that is so, check out the articles at Creditslips.org, they spell it all out clearly. As of last week, Brewer’s stranglehold on the NRA Legal Fight may be weakening, as the organization had to backpedal a bit and propose a different firm to represent them in Bankruptcy Court. That only happened after the Department of Justice had to point out that Brewer’s Firm had “Disqualifying Conflicts”. While that may seem like a win for those with concerns about Brewer’s legal acumen, the whole bankruptcy play seems like the final act of conniving treachery for those who have never trusted his intentions. Let’s not forget that Brewer is the angst-ridden son-in-law of Ack-Mack Patriarch Angus McQueen. Many believe he’s been manipulating a befuddled LaPierre and fueling a “ civil war within the NRA”  for his own gain this whole time. 

One good thing that can come from the bankruptcy maneuver is that the court may appoint a trustee to oversee the NRA during the bankruptcy proceedings and the restructuring. At this point, that would be better than having the case dismissed. That Trustee will almost certainly remove all power & control from Wayne LaPierre and his cabal of hand picked Officers. That might give the legitimate NRA Board Members still remaining a chance to fight back. The opportunity to step up and regain control of the organization is more likely to be taken if they have proper counsel, of course. Maybe that will come with the changes that seem imminent.

The goal of Save the Second remains to see the NRA reform from within. The damage that has been done from within is immense… but we still believe that the NRA is capable of restructuring and should not be dismantled from the outside by those who wish to do (more) harm to the cause of Gun Rights in the US. 

The Sinking Ship

NRA - The Sinking Ship

“Save the Second’s goals remain. Far better to see our NRA made strong, relevant, effective and accountable than see it sink to the bottom of the abyss.”

By Ron Carter

On January 15th, 2021 the National Rifle Association declared bankruptcy, filing for chapter 11 protections and also attempting to reincorporate in Texas. In its 150 year history, this is the first time that the NRA has ever declared bankruptcy.

This comes as no surprise to those NRA members who have been following the drama inside the NRA. Since the NRA Annual Meeting in 2019 it has been obvious that the leadership of the NRA has operated without any accountability and with gross negligence. The NY v. NRA, DC v NRA Foundation, NRA v Oliver North, and now this declaration of bankruptcy are irrefutable proof of that.

This comes at a time when the Constitution is in immediate, unavoidable jeopardy of being grossly infringed. While in decades past we might have seen the NRA be a bastion of defense, defending Second Amendment rights, we will likely see them become increasingly irrelevant, ineffective and unaccountable. That much is already true with the fact that the NRA spent more money defending the malfeasance of its leadership than it did in the 2020 elections. 

This comes also at a time where the NRA Board of Directors have conversely stopped directing and instead started following the Captain of the sinking ship with a freshly ratified resolution basically giving LaPierre complete authority of the NRA. That’s right. Instead of removing the CEO/EVP that has led the NRA to disaster, the BoD gave him more authority! They accomplished this in Executive Session (behind and away from NRA Members) in their January 7th, 2021 meeting which allowed LaPierre to file for Chapter 11 instead of the BoD having the authority to decide. 

How do we as NRA Members respond? That remains to be seen. Since the BoD have largely ignored members who have painfully obvious grievances we might be left to only watch the demise of our National Rifle Association. There are exceptions to that and I wish David Dell’Aquila well! Also, we might even see this bankruptcy filing backfire. Still, I encourage you to contact your NRA Board of Directors. Their negligence is outstanding. When the NRA is gone, as it likely will be, these people will still attempt to profit from our Second Amendment community, the community that they have harmed the most.

Save the Second’s goals remain. Far better to see our NRA made strong, relevant, effective and accountable than see it sink to the bottom of the abyss. In lieu of that we encourage you to support organizations that are doing the work that the NRA will not or cannot. Many of those are already proving more fruitful than the NRA has been in the past decade.

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

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

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

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


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

  • 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
  • Thursday, Jan 11th, 2020 
  • 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
  • Friday, Jan 12th, 2020
  • 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
  • Saturday, Jan 13th, 2020
  • 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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