What to know about the National African American Gun Association in Iowa

What to know about the National African American Gun Association in Iowa

The first two Iowa chapters of the National African American Gun Association formed last fall and have modest, but active and growing, memberships. Narren Brown created the first NAAGA chapter in the northeast Iowa town of Cresco. He’s held regular events featuring instruction on gun laws and safety. Steven Pilate attended one of Brown’s events in central Iowa, and decided to form his own chapter in Des Moines. Both subscribe to NAAGA founder Philip Smith’s philosophy that NAAGA should be a welcoming space for Black gun owners to learn gun safety, practice shooting and feel empowered to exercise their Second Amendment right. ‘The 2nd Amendment should be equal’: National African American Gun Association groups take root in Iowa Smith formed NAAGA in 2015, just two years after he first fired a gun. The group started with fewer than 100 members in February that year. It has grown to more than 40,000 members nationwide, including about 25 that belong to the Des Moines chapter, Pilate’s Colonel Young Gun Club , and 10 in Brown’s Cresco chapter, Well-Armed Progressive . How to join the National African American Gun Association Yearly memberships to NAAGA, which doesn’t limit its membership by race, range from $29 for a single person to $39 for couples and $59 for a family of four, according to its website naaga.co. A lifetime membership costs $650. All new members are required to go through orientation that features gun safety and education, and an overview of American Black history with […]

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