NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund

Fairfax, VA   |  nradefensefund.org

Mission

The NRA Board of Directors established the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund in 1978 to become involved in court cases establishing legal precedents in favor of gun owners. To accomplish this, the Fund provides legal and financial assistance to selected individuals and organizations defending the right to keep and bear arms. In addition, the Fund sponsors legal research and education on a wide variety of firearms related issues, including the meaning of the Second Amendment and nature of the right to keep and bear arms provisions in state constitutions.

Ruling year info

1980

Chairman

James W. Porter II

Main address

11250 Waples Mill Rd

Fairfax, VA 22030 USA

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EIN

52-1136665

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

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Legal assistance

Among the Fund's activities are: Defense of persons charged with criminal violations of federal, state and local laws that prohibit the acquisition or possession of firearms by peaceful and honest Americans; Civil challenges to federal, state and local laws that prohibit a law-abiding citizen or class of citizens from possessing or using firearms; Opposition to unlawful forfeitures of firearms seized by federal, state or local authorities in violation of the Fourth, Fifth or Fourteenth Amendments; Civil actions against federal, state and local authorities who, while enforcing unfair gun laws, violate citizens' rights under the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments; Challenges to administrative interpretations of federal, state and local laws that infringe the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Common Law, the Constitution of the United States, or the constitutions of various states; Challenges to administrative actions denying or restricting a citizen's right to possess or carry firearms.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Grants and awards for legal research and education on gun-related issues, including the meaning of the Second Amendment and nature of the right to keep and bear arms provisions in state constitutions.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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The NRA Board of Directors established the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund in 1978 to become involved in court cases establishing legal precedents in favor of firearm owners. Among the types of cases supported by the Fund are:

The defense of persons charged with criminal violations of federal, state, and local laws that prohibit the acquisition or possession of firearms by peaceful and honest Americans.

Civil challenges to federal, state, and local laws that prohibit a law-abiding citizen or class of citizens from possessing or using firearms.

Opposition to unlawful forfeitures of firearms seized by federal, state, or local authorities in violation of the Fifth or Fourteenth Amendments.

Civil actions against federal, state, and local authorities who, while enforcing unfair gun laws, violate citizens' rights under the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Fourteenth Amendments.

Challenges to administrative interpretations of federal, state, and local laws that infringe the right to keep and bear arms guaranteed by the Common Law, the Constitution of the United States, or the constitutions of various states.

Challenges to administrative actions denying or restricting a citizen's right to possess or carry firearms.

To accomplish these goals, the Fund provides legal and financial assistance to selected individuals and organizations defending the right to keep and bear arms. Additionally, the Fund sponsors legal research and education on a wide variety of firearms related issues, including the meaning of the Second Amendment and the nature of the right to keep and bear arms provisions in state constitutions.

The Fund uses tax-deductible contributions generously donated by supporters to achieve these goals. The Fund is overseen by a volunteer Board of Trustees composed of accomplished attorneys and legal scholars that reviews and decides on applications for assistance.

The Fund supported the landmark United States Supreme Court decisions in Heller (holding that the 2nd Amendment guarantees an individual right) and McDonald (holding that the individual right guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment applies to the states through the 14th Amendment). Since these decisions, 2nd Amendment litigation, brought by both supporters and opponents of this civil right, increased substantially. As with the civil rights movement and other legal battles to protect individual rights in the 20th century, the long legal journey to fully protect the individual right to keep and bear arms continues to move ahead in the 21st century.

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NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund

Board of directors
as of 9/22/2021
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Board chair

James Porter, II

James Porter

Robert Cottrol

Curtis Jenkins

Robert Sanders

William Satterfield

Robert Corbin

Charles Cotton

Robert Dowlut

Carol Frampton

Graham Hill

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No