Hundreds sign up to join as NRA weekend in Boise surpasses expectations
Eric Fink reports. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Saturday marked the opening day of the first NRA membership drive at Cabela's in Boise since the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Conn. late last year and since the Obama administration proposed stricter firearm regulations.
NRA recruiters say membership sign-ups exceeded expectations, netting more than 130 new members in under five hours.
Meridian's Randall Bartlett is a longtime NRA recruiter throughout Southwest Idaho. Bartlett is committed to his cause in part to protect the words of the Constitution.
"We want full compliance to the Second Amendment," Bartlett said. "Over the past 50 years, things have slowly eroded throughout the states. We are trying to stop this."
62-year-old Michael Gallagher became an NRA member shortly after returning home from fighting in Vietnam. Gallagher believes President Obama's newly proposed gun control regulations will not decrease gun violence.
"A gun is a piece of metal wood," Gallagher said, "then, you have to add a projectile for it to be lethal. Then, you got to put it in somebody's hands. For anybody to blame an inanimate object or give it a life of it's own, they've been watching too many cartoons."
The NRA weekend at Cabela's continues Sunday at 10 a.m. with presentations, shopping discounts and self-defense seminars.