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Welcome to the new look October 2012 edition o Target Shooter Magazine
The NRA must strive to PROTECT and PROMOTE shooting.Anything else is icing on the cake!
Vince, Yvonne & Steve
All sports have national and international governing bodies – not just shooting. But, because on thecontentious nature of our sport, governing bodies often need to be more than simply regulators and rule-makers.
Great Britain’s National Rie Association has certainly had its share of problems over the years, with massivechanges in rearm laws - resulting in two gun bans, along with substantial debts not of its own making.Recently, we have seen a ‘night of the long knives’ where several NRA sta members have receivedredundancy notices and, more signicantly, two new high prole appointments have been made.Andrew Mercer is the new NRA Chief Executive and Richard Blackmore assumes the role of Head of Membership and Training. Both have sound business/managerial backgrounds - though not in shooting.
Is this important? In my opinion – no!
These gentlemen will be able to look at the NRA as they would look at any other business organisation and Ido hope that high on their agenda will be a visit to the ‘regions’ – the places far from Bisley where the NRA is
often seen in a less than favorable light.
The role of the NRA has widened from its original charter when it was established in 1. Defense of theRealm was the issue then. Now, it is the defense of our sport, which is under threat
both nationally and internationally.
We wish Andrew Mercer and Richard Blackmore every success in their newroles – ater all, shooting and the many businesses it supports are dependenton a strong NRA.