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Association News: June 1998

By Dan Shea

The Grassroots Division of the NRA Institute for Legislative Action offers programs specially designed for legislative and political action. The following excerpts are from the NRA GRASSFIRE! Newsletter, May 1998. For more information call 1-800-392-8683.

127th NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETINGS AND EXHIBITS.
June 5-7 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia

This years 127th NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits will feature thousands of shooting and hunting accessories, hunting guides and outfitters, and special seminars for all interests. The Exhibit Hall opens at 10:00am, Friday, June 5. Special events include: the ILA Opening Session; Friends of NRA Auction; Members banquet with the Honorable Trent Lott, Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, as keynote speaker; National Awards Luncheon; NRA Women’s Reception; First Annual Firearms Law Seminar; and more! The annual meeting of NRA members will commence on June 6 at 10:00am. For more information call 1-800-694-9300.

EDDIE EAGLE® HONORED AGAIN

Virginia Governor James Gilmore (R) officially recognized the month of March as Eddie Eagle® Gun Safety Month in Virginia. This March marks the 10th anniversary of the Eddie Eagle program, which was created by NRA President Marion P. Hammer in 1998, and has reached more than 10 million children with its simple safety message of ‘STOP! Don’t Touch. Leave the Area. Tell an Adult,” when they come across a firearm in an unsupervised situation. In conjunction with this award, beginning March 2, 1998, the 15,600 elementary students in all 32 of Richmond’s schools started learning Eddie Eagle’s lifesaving message.

NRA NATIONAL FIREARMS MUSEUM

Construction on the National Firearms Museum is currently underway with a scheduled opening date of June 1, 1998. This museum will be the preeminent firearms museum in the nation —with more displays than the Smithsonian museums in Washington, D. C. Spanning some 15,000 square feet, the museum will be located at NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia and will trace the history of firearms from about 1450 to the present day with over 85 unique exhibits and 14 galleries. Visitors will see depictions of the significant role firearms play in the American Revolution, the American West, World Wars I and II and much more.

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