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Black Gun Groups Thrive Across South Florida In Times Of Civil Unrest

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Mike Stocker
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Gun owner and instructor Ronald Sippio Jr. practices his shot at a gun range in Hollywood Florida on Thursday, September 3, 2020. As NRA membership dues have declined, board members quit, its finances and political activity are under scrutiny and the NY Attorney General sued to dissolve the organization entirely, many Black gun owners have felt unrepresented, if not outright ignored, by the organization.

Black gun owners are finding camaraderie in groups forming across South Florida — one-stop destinations that let them address gun issues, learn self-defense and plan ways to volunteer in the community.

They say these groups offer a strong alternative to the National Rifle Association, the politically powerful gun advocacy organization that has been engulfed in scandal in recent months. Feeling alienated by the NRA, they’re finding their own way to push gun rights locally.

The groups have become timely during a period of civil unrest, as protests are staged across the country over the high-profile killings of George Floyd and other Black people.

Read more from our news partner at The South Florida Sun Sentinel.