As many of you know, my home country was Norway for over 46 years. I was "forced" into pro-gun activities in 1997 when I started my CAS promotion in Norway. I had to. To deal with the authorities without knowledge was like trying to shoot a CAS stage and forget to load the firearms at the loading table. I became a Firearms Law Expert in my home territory. So when CAS was approved by the Justice Department, I simply continued with the general pro-gun engagements and still do, both in Norway and here in the US.
I have also been a NRA member for many years, even before I ended up in Kansas. Before that happened, many questioned my NRA membership and being a Norwegian. What's the purpose? For me, it was not an option, it was a must. There are no international bodies for pro-gun activities, but I want my US pards to know that in my book, the NRA is also important internationally. Their hard work on many issues (like the UN agenda), has an impact across the borders. Supporting NRA is the right thing to do, no matter where you live.
In Norway, they do not have a constitutional right to own a firearm like here in the US. The Norwegian founding fathers forgot about that right when they wrote the constitution back in 1814. History buffs claim they forgot because owning a firearm was common sense. Well, we all know what happened to common sense......
What the Norwegians have like other European countries is "privileges under current laws". For them, that means they can own firearms if they can document a legal need and have the personal requirements (law abiding, no mental history, etc.). These privileges can be lost within a year. Look at England and Australia.
Talking to many US citizens about the 2nd amendment, I have the impression many take their rights for granted. Knowing that 4 million gunowners out of 80 million are NRA members, it is to me obvious that many in fact take their rights for granted.
Are you one of them? Or have you just not considered how important it is to give support to those that fight for your rights?
If money is an obstacle, let me tell you this: The annual $35.00 regular fee per year for a NRA membership is practically free if you take advantage of the many benefits and discounts you get as a member. Joining through Cas City, you can join or renew for $25.00 per year.
- An official NRA Membership ID card - showing your Membership ID number and expiration date or Life Member status. You should carry this card with you at all times.
- With all regular memberships, you will get a choice of subscription to American Rifleman, American Hunter, America's 1st Freedom, or Woman's Outlook. Junior members receive a subscription to Insights.
- $10,000 of Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage at NO COST to you. The plan covers accidents at, or to and from, an NRA event; and accidents that occur during the use of firearms or hunting equipment while hunting. coverage increases to $25,000 for Law Enforcement Officers killed in the line of duty.
- $1000 of ArmsCare coverage with your NRA membership. This plan covers insured firearms, air guns, bows and arrows against theft, accidental loss, and damage.
- New and Enhanced insurance coverages through the NRA Endorsed Insurance Programs. Enroll on-line for Life, Health and Accident and Individual Property and Liability insurance.
- The most important benefit of NRA membership, however, is the defense of your Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. NRA-ILA tracks the issues and alerts members about legislation involving firearms and hunting at the federal, state and local levels of government. Successful legislative action begins with you -- the individual member.
Read more about these and other benefits here.