The grand international rifle-match at Creedmoor - second day shooting at a thousand yards Digital ID: (digital file from b&w film copy neg.) cph 3c34451 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3c34451 Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-134451 (b&w film copy neg.) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
On this day, November 17th, 1871 the National Rifle Association is granted a charter by the state of New York. The controversial organization was formed by Civil War veterans led by Army and Navy Journal editor, William Conant Church. The NRA advocates firearm ownership on the principle that the right to bear arms is a civil liberty.