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Do NRA Members Support an "Assault Weapon" Ban?

When data from a Bloomberg-funded poll suggests NRA members are against guns, it's time to investigate.

By BullShooters Staff The Myth “74 percent of NRA Members Support a Ban on Assault Weapons."

The Lies You’ve likely heard it reported several dozen times across news media outlets. Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, claims responsibility for conducting this Frank Luntz poll that claims 74 percent of NRA Members support a ban on so-called assault weapons. Then President Obama mentioned this stat in his address in which he presented 23 executive orders on gun control.

The Facts The NRA was founded in 1871 to train military men and civilians in the proper marksmanship of the military arm of the day, which now happens to be AR-style rifles, the civilian versions of the M16 that was adopted by the U.S. military in 1964. The NRA has legions of competitive shooters, enthusiasts, collectors and hunters who use these rifles. NRA’s flagship magazine, American Rifleman, contributes significant pages to AR rifles each month. Another magazine, Shooting Illustrated, is dedicated to these useful guns. Feedback and surveys indicate the magazines are well received by NRA membership. So, it’s difficult at best for me to believe this “poll,” one that happens to be sponsored by one of the most notorious and certainly the most well funded anti-gun group on the planet. In fact, I’m dialing the toll free 1-800-BullShooters hotline for immediate help. The Real Poll If there is any group that has its finger on the pulse of NRA members, it’s the NRA. After all, its membership rosters are private. To combat the Bloomberg nonsense, NRA, via a professional third-party polling company, recently conducted its own scientific poll of its members. Findings are as follows: • 91 percent of NRA members support laws keeping firearms away from the mentally ill. • 92 percent of NRA members oppose gun confiscation via mandatory buy-back laws. • 89 percent oppose banning semi-automatic firearms, often mistakenly called “assault rifles”. • 93 percent oppose a law requiring gun owners to register with the federal government. • 92 percent oppose a new federal law banning the sale of firearms between private citizens That’s right. Bloomberg, Obama and the majority of the leftist media are off by 63 percentage points. Fact is, 89 percent of NRA members oppose banning assault rifles. The Anti-BS Quote “Mayor Bloomberg’s claims that gun owners are divided are totally false. It is nothing more than an attempt by anti-gun activists to further their long-standing political agenda,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. “American gun owners and Second Amendment supporters are ready for Washington to put politics aside and come together to fix our broken mental health system.” The Answer When it comes to its Membership and about guns, Chris, the NRA and millions of law-abiding gun-owning Americans are the experts. Period. The Lesson Don’t trust the polls and the stats parroted by politicians and the mass media. Find them for yourself, for freedom can be found in the truth.

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50 Responses to Do NRA Members Support an "Assault Weapon" Ban?

larry wrote:
June 22, 2014

Just a point of clarification for john: 37 states allow ownership of fully automatic weapons pre 1986 after submitting an application to batfe, fingerprinting, registration fee and must be boughtthru a class 3 dealer

Jay wrote:
August 03, 2013

An ASSAULT RIFLE is a shouder fired gas operated select fire (safe semi burst/full auto) weapon of intermediate caliber ( as in not full rifle size and not pistol size) for use in engagements ranging from 5 meters to 300 meters with the majority occuring at or below 200 meters. this is not an AR or any MSR ( modern sporting rifle) or any weapon civilians can readily buy someone please pound this into the media and politicians heads for me

Charles wrote:
June 08, 2013

Life endowment member.--Here's a novel idea! How about a poll asking how many LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED by the NRA. Safety traing programs, Police training, Eddie Eagle childrens training, military training, Hunter Safety training, Range safety training, Range Officer training, Self defence for women and men training...need I go on? All since our beginning in 1871! Get that word out to the ill advised uninformed politicians and public. We know about guns they lie about guns. Murder is already illegal. The law does not care how, knife, club, sword or your hands. It is the use of deadly force that is in question. I wish our NRA would do more to make that point! 'He who gives up liberty for percieved security gets and deserves neither.'

claude wrote:
February 22, 2013

Oboma's is trying to destroy this country if he disarms us we surely will be peracuted by him and his privite brownnshirt armey maybr they did the Sandy Hook shooting Hum could be it sure smells

Dave wrote:
February 22, 2013

Patron Life Member- Any NRA member who says they did not get polled about this are NOT opening all their mail from the NRA- usually with the excuse that they do too much mailing. If you don't read the mail you will soon start believing the Communist/Liberal propaganda about everything else too!

Rich wrote:
February 18, 2013

How long would it take anti gunners to label gun owners as insane? The owners would then be unable to possess firearms. The adjudication system must be defined as well.

Bll wrote:
February 16, 2013

Law abiding usa citizens have the right to bear arms! Any weapon! Because the laws that are trying to be put in place will only disrupt honest people,criminals don't care about laws- that's why there criminals!!!!!!! I don't plan on giving up my guns - i vote pay taxes obey the law and will not give up my freedoms because of some nut who happened to get his hands on a weapon- i belive in background checks for all People wanting to purchase a fire arm but lets be clear it's not the law abidding citizen causing gun problems

Paul wrote:
February 16, 2013

I own an AR-15. I wish I could afford an assault rifle. I do not support a ban on semi-auto rifles. I do support a ban on stupid politicians!!

February 15, 2013

The Big Picture is Obama wants to disarm the citizens. It's a plan that was crafted many years ago. When Big Government fears us we have Liberty. When we fear the Government we have Tyranny. From My Cold Dead Hands.I have been an NRA member for decades and have renewed for 3 more I also signed up my wife. I DO NOT support any kind of Gun COntrol. Any Member that does is a mole

White Hall wrote:
February 15, 2013

I support the 2nd amendment. Mentaly ill and fellons should not. Own guns. The 2nd amendment keeps us free. And safer. CHICAGO HAS THE MOST GUN REGULATION AND THE MOST MURDERS WITH GUNS. dumb liberals.

Douglas Ehrenhaft wrote:
February 15, 2013

I dont support any gun bans or magazine bans.they should go after the mentally ill. Not law abiding citizens!

Ron Rehse wrote:
February 15, 2013

All that a ban does is get some fool politician votes so that he or she can sit on his or her butt for four more years .I say NO BAN . I Love My Country But I Fear My Government .

Gary wrote:
February 15, 2013

Comments...You don't have to convince NRA members where we stand we need to educate the general public and let them know the lies that are being spread by Obama, Bloomberg and all the other anti-gunners.

Sean Brady wrote:
February 15, 2013

I find it hard to believe hardly any polls as the ones taking the survey will almost always end up with a biased group. That being said having an organization such as the NRA poll it's own members obviously you will end up with a accurate survey. I recommend sharing with everyone you know. The time has come for us to stand up and be counted by all.

Frank wrote:
February 15, 2013

These new so-called gun laws are being put forward as keeping the guns out of the hands out of criminals. Has anybody looked at the fact that none of the shooters in the mass murder events had any criminal record prior to the act. In the Connecticut school shooting, all the laws in the world would not have stopped that young man from using his mothers guns. It is a law that murder is illegal but has that ever stopped a murder from taking place. WAKE UP FOLKS!!

RugerDan wrote:
February 15, 2013

74% of NRA members support an "assault weapons" ban? Riiiiight, I'll believe that when 74% of Democrats support smaller gum'int, tax cuts, elimination of welfare/other social programs, and real term limits.

NRA Life Member wrote:
February 15, 2013

First of all a lie is a lie no matter how many times you repeat it, Mr. Bloomberg. The media and the Anti-Gun addenda is failing because everyone knows they lie! I would say the gun laws as they are so called are for the average lawful citizen, NO criminal will ever follow the laws, period. Yes, there may be some NRA members are against “ASSAULT Weapons”, the AR-15 and its derivates are not “ASSAULT Weapons”. Definition of an “Assault Weapon” is one which fires many rounds with a single pull of a trigger, full automatic. The AR-15 types fires only one round per trigger pull, Semi-automatic. The best thing for the Politian’s to do is define an” Assault Weapon” as one that fire multiple rounds with a single pull of the trigger! Then they may stand a chance of getting their poll numbers more realistic. The laws need to stop focusing on the law bidding citizen and focus on the criminals that use a firearm in a crime!

Jim wrote:
February 15, 2013

Alcohol kills more children on a daily basis than guns ever could. Why don't they put all the bars and breweries out of business. Stop the DUI's. If you are caught driving while you are intoxicated, confiscate their vehicle and they can't get it back. They would do that to your firearms.

NRA Member wrote:
February 15, 2013

I WISH these People would call and POLL Me. I'll tell them NO! I do NOT Support ANY Gun Control!

Kelly C Marshall wrote:
February 14, 2013

None of the anti's hsve any common sense! ---- the Leftists! They bring new meaning to braindead!!! THEY WILL NOT TAKE OUR GUNS AWAY IF WE CHOOSE TO NOT LET TO THEM, IT IS UP TO US!!!!

February 14, 2013

I do not support any ban that is placed because some one may do something illegal. The idea of magazine capacity bearing any relationship to irresponsible behavior is ludicrous. The suggestion that guns cause crime is part of an agenda in this present madness whereby education is the hypocrisy of hysterical tyranny.

Norm Sharp wrote:
February 14, 2013

I think anyone who believes a Politician should not own a firearm. They are obviously Mentally Challenged.

Jeff wrote:
February 14, 2013

All Federal officials (including elected officials, Federal Employees, and Federal judges) take the same oath which requires, in part, "to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." Just as the First Amendment is inseparable from the Constitution, so it is with the Second Amendment (and the rest of the Bill Of Rights, and subsequent Amendments). The elected officials cannot be "for" the Constitution, but selectively "against" some parts of the Constitution.

CK wrote:
February 14, 2013

Let's see... Obammy doen't want me to sell my guns to others, including close friends or family. Meanwhile he and holder are running them to Mexico to the drug cartels. Since the lib politicians thing that banning hi-cap magazines will prevent gun violence, I wonder if smaller fuel tanks in automobiles will prevent wrecks?

Rick wrote:
February 14, 2013

I also believe this gun grab is driven by Agenda 21. With our 2nd amendment at stake and our high debt I think we need to get out of the UN. We need to take care of business at home before we help others. Who comes to help us?

Joe F wrote:
February 14, 2013

Why is it that know one holds people like Mayor Bloomberg responsable for their lies. Can't they be sued by someone for the grief their lies cause gun owning, law abiding citizen's? Something has to be done to stop all these lies.

Mark Cline wrote:
February 14, 2013

To the new member: YOU control what the NRA does with your information. Go to the website, access your membership account and change your preferences.

Steve stark wrote:
February 14, 2013

We have all seen through the outright lies of the anti-gun liberals. NO I do not support any of the ridiculous anti-gun agenda points. I do support improving mental health care for all and protecting our schools, malls and other gun-free zones(killing fields).

Thomas T. wrote:
February 14, 2013

As a NRA life member and NYS resident, it disgusts me the abuse of power by goverment officials that have taken oath to represent the people and the Constitution of The United States seem to think passing laws based on personal feelings, personal agendas and backdoor politics. There are several good and overdue laws in the Nys Bill that I would have voted for, but Polls and TV time seems to trump our right to vote for our opinions. I will not support a Assault Weapons Ban, you might as well vote for a Firearms Ban. A Firearm is a Firearm.

Robert S wrote:
February 14, 2013

I am a NRA member, I would like to see the NRA make a nation wide tv commercial to show the truth.

joe wrote:
February 14, 2013

i do not support any personal defense weapon ban.

Wayne R wrote:
February 14, 2013

They never asked me to participate in this survey. Been a member for quite a while now.

Bryant Blake wrote:
February 14, 2013

Just another example of the left wing media doing it's share to see to it that the liberal anti-gun message is presented incorrectly to the vast number of uninformed people out there!

larry m wrote:
February 14, 2013

just keep weapons out of the hands of the nut cases with hate or mental problems...leave me alone

cptcoyote wrote:
February 14, 2013

Thanks for clearing that up!! REGISTRATION MEANS CONFISCATION!!

CC wrote:
February 10, 2013

Every part of the leftist agenda, guns,education,environment, etc. has to do with the UN's Agenda 21. Do your homework and you will understand they want to control EVERY aspect of our lives. This is a global thing. It is in your community

LWL wrote:
February 08, 2013

We do not need a gun band we need the laws that are inaffect at present time upheld, you surely don't believe that the criminals are going to care one way or the other.

Will Sahli wrote:
February 08, 2013

The problem with "polls"like Mayor Bloomberg's is that the average American believes it. Remember, the more often you repeat a lie, the more people believe it. And there are so many people claiming this is true.

John wrote:
February 08, 2013

This NRA member doesn't.

Charlie Bridges wrote:
February 08, 2013

NRA member. I knew this was crap when I heard it, but it's nice to see the truth in print. Rule of thumb- consider anything Bloomburg or Obama says a lie and you won't be far off.

Walter R wrote:
February 08, 2013

As a new NRA member, this whole gun control debate is the reason I joined. I want my voice to be heard. And i think its funne, when a civilian has one its an assault rifle. But when Homeland security wants them they are PDW (Personal Defense Weapons). Here is a link. I do not own an Assult Rifle. I will never assualt somee one with it, it is my personal defense weapon to protect my family, my self, and my country from enemies forgien and domestic.

Al Anderson wrote:
February 08, 2013

No WE do NOT.

Dwight D Fisher wrote:
February 08, 2013

Well they didn't pole me or any of my friends. I can guarantee you that

Joseph B Campbell wrote:
February 08, 2013

Why is Facebook blocking comments to their site. I usually enter my comments directly through their "share" function. They are not allowing it.

John wrote:
February 08, 2013

they have no idea what an assault weapon is. If they are talking about automatic weapons, they are already banned. Any gun can be defensive or offensive based on the user intent. They distort the story to win favor but in reality are stupid and disingenuous.

Brian wrote:
February 08, 2013

"After all, its membership rosters are private." Except for all the people the NRA sells it's mailing list to. Since joining NRA a year ago I have received more junk mail from the GOP and other NRA friendly groups than I ever have. In fact, I'm a Libertarian and have NEVER received GOP mailings until the NRA gave them my address.

Allen Runyon wrote:
February 08, 2013

I think the government needs to keep there hands off my guns. I don't support any ban of any kind of gun semi auto or any other kind. The 2nd Amendment protects my right to keep and bear arms. From my cold dead hands!!!

margaret wrote:
February 08, 2013

i dont support any of that nonscence

twofornein wrote:
February 08, 2013

Nobody polled me.... enforce what is already there and stop the knee jerk reactions!!!! Just because someone dosent know guns doesnt mean you can't respect those who do. We wouldn't be having this discussion if it hadn't happened in the past..

Albert2923 wrote:
February 08, 2013

I do not support the assault weapons ban - and in truth just because their black and plastic dosent make them Assault weapons! Stupid word that dosent mean anything