Is the NRA Gaining Ground in Hawaii? National President Visits

Chad Blair/Civil Beat

The president of the National Rifle Association visited the islands this week to advocate for development of shooting ranges and expansion of hunting opportunities.

David Keene also had another mission, which was to talk about the NRA itself, one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country.

The NRA's paramount interest is the preservation of Second Amendment rights.

"The story to tell is the great success we've had," he said. "Attitude toward guns ownership and activities has improved."

Hawaii is not usually seen as a pro-gun rights state. Yet, several legislative measures in recent years have received favorable recognition from the NRA.

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