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VA – OPINION – How to Speak to New Gun Owners

Millions of Americans have recently become first-time gun owners. How can you help them learn about firearms safety and responsibility? How can you inform them about defending their right to defend themselves and their families? If you’re an NRA certified instructor, you know the words from your credentials card: “Possession of this card carries responsibility for representing the whole shooting fraternity to those with whom you deal as well as the community as a whole. Much of what people think of guns, shooting and shooters depends on you.” The same is true for all NRA members, including the many who offer informal instruction or advice, so always conduct yourself with decorum and friendliness. Listen more than you talk. Use your experience to offer helpful advice, but don’t be a know-it-all. The NRA Guide for New Shooters, available for free at NRAPublications.org, is an excellent starting point. Kind guidance is key to interacting with new gun owners. They need help, and lots of it, not overly judgmental declarations. Millions of Americans have recently become first-time gun owners. How can you help them learn about firearms safety and responsibility? How can you inform them about defending their right to defend themselves and their families?

If you’re an NRA certified instructor, you know the words from your credentials card: “Possession of this card carries responsibility for representing the whole shooting fraternity to those with whom you deal as well as the community as a whole. Much of what people think of guns, shooting and shooters depends on you.”  [full article]

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