The NRA Is on the Decline, Report Says

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( – National Rifle Association Head Wayne LaPierre said in 2013 that the group had been growing at unprecedented levels and that they were right on track to hit 10 million members. However, a decade later, things are not going as positively for the group.

Some sources have suggested that the number of people who have a membership to the NRA has decreased to less than half of what it was a decade ago. The declining number of members has also meant that the association has lost a lot of its revenues.

According to a recent report in Newsweek, many anti-gun groups pointed out that the declining state of the NRA was a cause for celebration and have argued that this is evidence that the majority of Americans had grown tired of the high levels of gun violence.

However, Newsweek reported that it is a bit more complex than that, even though it is becoming evidence that the NRA is quickly losing the central position it had once held in U.S. politics.

Since 1871, the NRA has lobbied in support of the Second Amendment rights and against any gun control with different levels of success. In the decade starting in 2003, they had 230 legislative victories and had passed six state laws that blocked municipalities from restricting gun rights.

Still, in recent years the group has not had as many successes and previously the group had failed to secure an expansion of the concealed carry and gun restriction laws that were passed while the GOP was in control of Washington in 2017 and 2018. Membership has reportedly fallen since then, and legal woes brought forth by a lawsuit from New York Attorney General Letitia James in 2020 have cut into the group’s power.

Despite the NRA’s troubles, Newsweek reported that many Americans are still buying guns and other gun rights group have been experiencing growth in recent years.

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