NRA Law Enforcement Range Fund: Helping Police Help The Public

Zac K
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The NRA’s program is intended to help law enforcement but also benefit civilian shooters. [NRA]

The National Rifle Association has announced a new program to help improve police firearms skills. The NRA Law Enforcement Range Fund is intended to funnel funds to improve firearms training across the U.S., but also help non-LEOs at the same time.

The NRA says this is a matching grant program intended to “encourage city and county governments, and state or federal agencies, to work with NRA on efforts to build and improve law enforcement ranges across the United States.” Any city, county, state, or fed agency that wants to build or improve a firearms training range, or is already working on a firearms training range, can apply if they meet other criteria.

These are 50-50 grants, so half the cost has to be covered by the applicant, and the other half by the NRA Law Enforcement Range Fund. The NRA says it may consider labor, materials, and equipment as in-kind contributions—so if you’ve got a bunch of hard-working LEOs who want a new range, the NRA might send them the money as long as they can provide the on-ground manpower.

Each project will be considered by NRA Range Services and the NRA Law Enforcement Division. [NRA]
The NRA says ranges that will serve more than one agency will get priority. Ranges that offer training to people outside the law enforcement world will also get special attention:

Additionally, the law enforcement firearms ranges that allow civilian use, under the agencies’ oversite, for such things as civilian concealed carry training, or general use by civilians, is also preferential.

The NRA also says it will consider other projects on a case-by-case basis.

The maximum amount the NRA will give a project in a year is $25,000. The money is intended to be spent on “construction, labor, materials, and equipment costs.” There are several restrictions on things the NRA doesn’t want the money spent on—targets, target backing, and so on.

If you’re interested, you can see a run-down of the program here.

Zac K
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  • Nebelwerfer Nebelwerfer on Apr 13, 2024

    What a joke. Where I live, LEO are hand in hand with sick left wing politicians. They are their Praetorian Guard.

  • Scott650 Scott650 on Apr 13, 2024

    Outside of actual, provable matters of national security and real, demonstrable safety concerns there should not be a single piece of property, facility, building, etc built with taxpayer money that is off limits to the public. I’ll grant that the access may have to controlled, supervised or scheduled but that’s the only concession I’d allow. Now if the NRA wants to give money to LEOs to build ranges at the very least NRA members should have access…if that’s what the membership wants that is. Otherwise this smacks of the pernicious cult of the expert/professional that’s penetrated so much of our culture - credentials do not equal grant of privileges.