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  1. #1
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    Oct 2013

    Thumbs down USCCA “Kicked Out” of the NRA Annual Meeting

    United we stand, divided we fall.

    The election is over, so the NRA decided to not be friendly anymore to organizations that compete with them. This comes from Tim Schmidt at USCCA:

    Presidents Message: 4/21/2017

    We Will NEVER Stray from Our Mission

    Something sort of bizarre happened to me recently that I sincerely believe you have a right to know about. After all, it concerns you, too…

    About a week ago, I came in to work and found a FedEx letter from the NRA sitting on my desk.

    Now, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE getting mail from friends in the firearms industry. And since I’m a proud Lifetime Member of the NRA, and with their Annual Meetings and Exhibits just around the corner, I figured it had to be about one of those two things.

    As it turns out, the note inside was concerning the upcoming NRA Show in Atlanta, Georgia … just NOT in the way I was expecting.

    Long story short, the NRA sent over a brief letter with a very clear message: The USCCA would no longer be allowed to exhibit at their upcoming show in Atlanta. Yep … the NRA cancelled our booth space less than TWO WEEKS before we were scheduled to appear at the show.

    Now, you’re probably wondering what the heck is going on, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little perplexed myself.

    The truth is, I don’t really know the motive behind the NRA’s move. I mean, the USCCA has ALWAYS had a great relationship with the NRA. And the way I see it, we’re all in this together.

    If I had to guess, I’d say that perhaps this is a strategic business maneuver. I mean, the concealed carry market has really exploded over the last decade — just look at how long the USCCA has been around! Maybe the NRA recognizes us as the frontrunner in providing the absolute best education, training and self-defense insurance in the industry. And perhaps they’re starting to see us less as a partner and more as a competitor.

    As much as it sort of stings that we got “booted” from the NRA Show, I believe that this sort of competition is a good, healthy and even exciting thing — especially from a goliath like the NRA.

    Here’s why:

    When there is healthy competition in the free market, the CUSTOMER always wins. And in our industry — in our niche — that means MORE good guys and gals with guns. And you already know how I feel about that: The more good guys and gals with guns, the safer we all are!

    Now, here’s something I need to make perfectly clear:

    Whether or not the NRA supports us, we will continue to support them.

    We will continue to believe in their mission.

    We will continue to respect the historical significance of what they have done to preserve and protect our God-given rights.

    And we will always support their legislative and lobbying efforts.

    I personally will continue to donate to the NRA as a proud Lifetime Member.

    And even though you won’t find the USCCA booth at the NRA Show in Atlanta next weekend (although a few of us will still be attending), I want to reassure you that the USCCA isn’t going ANYWHERE.

    We’re not backing down or straying from our own focused mission: to provide you with the most comprehensive education, training and self-defense insurance ANYWHERE. (This has always been — and always will be — our main focus, and that’s why we do it better than anyone else!)

    Trust me when I say that our beliefs, our values, our culture and our customers will continue to be the driving forces in all we do.

    Oh, and one more thing:

    While I don’t really know the “why” behind the NRA’s decision to exclude us from their upcoming event, there is something I DO know — unequivocally and without a single bit of doubt:

    The USCCA’s “why” stems back to the single, powerful desire to protect the ones we love. And I may be just a bit biased, but I truly believe that this will keep us a solid step ahead of the competition.

    Thanks for sticking with me. I promise I’ll always have your back!

    Take Care and Stay Safe,

    Tim Schmidt
    Publisher – Concealed Carry Report
    USCCA Founder
    I rarely agree with TheYankeeMarshal, but LaPierre has to go. The NRA needs to actually be run by its members and not by a political elite that wants to control their members.

    BTW: TheYankeeMarshal is a NRA and USCCA member as well.

    PS: Yes I understand the history of the NRA and its support for gun control. The only way to change that is to change the organization.

  3. #2
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    Oct 2013
    From Rob Pincus on Facebook:

    WOW.... This is not cool.

    The NRA Just uninvited the USCCA from the NRAAM ??

    Consider that, while the NRA returned the check for the booth, the USCCA still must have their booth materials, handouts, hotel rooms, shipping, flights and who knows what else paid for in preparation for the event that starts one week from today.

    Here's your explanation:
    The NRA is having a "Personal Protection" expo in a few months, they are launching a new magazine this year called "Carryguard" and, of course, they have their CCW Insurance "Carryguard" Membership programs with levels that mirror the programs that USCCA has had for a few years now (and been very successful with). Politically Motivated RKBA Donations are down because Republicans control the Whitehouse, The Congress and The Supreme Court.
    USCCA is the only large 'competition' for that very lucrative insurance business and has been growing MUCH faster than the NRA over the last 5 years.

    Kudos to the USCCA for taking the high road and clearly stating their continuing support for the NRA-ILA and their Mission.

    #SMH #nraam2017 #USCCA #dividedwefall

  4. #3
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    Oct 2013
    Andrew Branca's comment to Rob Pincus' post:

    I can make the observation that despite the fact that I’m an NRA Life-Benefactor member, and have been a Life Member and NRA Instructor for more than two decades, since I’ve begun to do work with USCCA I can no longer get speaking opportunities at NRA events, the NRA Store has ceased carrying my book (The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition), I can no longer obtain media credentials for the NRA Annual Meeting, and our efforts to secure a booth at the NRA Annual Meeting for ourselves could not get a phone call or email returned. All of these were things that occurred with no difficulty prior to my association with USCCA.

  5. #4
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    May 2013

    Difficult to justify

    Quote Originally Posted by bofh View Post
    This kind of B.S. makes any kind of involvement I have with NRA very difficult to justify.

    I'm about to go to the second NRA-related fundraising dinner in as many years. I haven't joined the NRA, for various reasons, this kind of crap being part of it. (Some of it too, being the fact that I don't see the NRA fighting as hard as it should to overturn stuff like AB 857 (2016) -- a law in CA that is very anti-builder and which contains provisions creaing a NEW REGISTRATION SCHEME. I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for NRA (or CRPA, or FPC, or Calguns...) to challenge AB 857 in court - I suspect we'll have to do it ourselves.)

    I have, however, continued to provide some ancillary support of NRA via the FNRA (Friends of the NRA). That's been through dinners, basically.

    The upcoming event (it's all paid / reserved - I got the ticket way in advance) that I'm going to is here:

    But if this is the kind of behavior (bad treatment of USCCA etc) that we are going to have to come to expect from NRA, then I just don't think I will be able to justify paying for another FNRA dinner next year.
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  6. #5
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    Oct 2013
    The NRA is launching a new self defense insurance product. Based on what I have read, they are trying to get into the insurance market by copying USCCA's successful model. I am not linking this product here on purpose. You will hear about this product soon enough through NRA's spam.

    Be forwarded, I have read the fine print of this product and it is NOT competitive with other products on the market. Competition is only good in any type of market. Using an already established monopoly to push out competitors that are actually better is not. Let's hope the NRA never goes into the firearms manufacturing business.

    Meanwhile, the NRA is absent from the actual fight. In my state, TN, the NRA was involved in a settlement in a case against the city of Knoxville about the gun ban in Chilhowee Park. The Tennessee Firearms Association brought their own suit and is still on it. The NRA basically capitulated and struck a quite nonsensical deal with the city about a gun ban that is simply unlawful based on state preemption.

  7. #6
    Why would the USCCA want to horn in on the NRA convention? Why don't they have their own convention?

    Answer: because no one would show up in any large numbers.

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  9. I have been a member of the NRA since the late 50's but the only reason I am still a member is the fact that my gun club requires it. It is the only place around here that has the ranges I use and about 10 min. from my home.

  10. #9
    Validates my decision to no longer be a NRA member.
    “Religion is an insult to human dignity. Without it you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things.
    But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” ― Steven Weinberg

  11. #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by SR9 View Post
    Why would the USCCA want to horn in on the NRA convention? Why don't they have their own convention?

    Answer: because no one would show up in any large numbers.
    And the prize for the most ignorant comment in this thread goes to our usual winner, SR9!

    The USCCA has its own convention. It is called the USCCA Concealed Carry Expo and just happened two weeks ago in Fort Worth, Texas. It was very well attended. In fact, the NRA is literally copying USCCA's successful business model by offering their own USCCA-style insurance (NRA Carry Guard) and their own USCCA-style expo (NRA Personal Protection Expo in August).

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