NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN
True freedom for any person should be judged by the ability to protect him or herself within that Society
THE GOAL OF THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GUN ASSOCIATION IS TO HAVE EVERY AFRICAN AMERICAN INTRODUCED TO FIREARM USE FOR HOME PROTECTION, COMPETITIVE SHOOTING, AND OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES. WE ARE A CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATION FOCUSED ON SELF PRESERVATION OF OUR COMMUNITY THROUGH ARMED PROTECTION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING.
THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GUN ASSOCIATION PROVIDES A NETWORK FOR ALL AFRICAN AMERICAN FIREARM OWNERS, GUN CLUBS AND OUTDOOR ENTHUSIASTS.
WE WELCOME PEOPLE OF ALL RELIGIOUS, SOCIAL, AND RACIAL PERSPECTIVES . WE ESPECIALLY WELCOME AFRICAN AMERICAN MEMBERS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ACTIVE/RETIRED MILITARY.
HISTORY OF GUNS
History of Guns in the African American Community
( Past & Present )
The history of Gun ownership in the United States is dramatically different for African Americans. Since the beginning of the birth of the United States all citizens have had the option to exercise their free will in purchasing or not purchasing a gun for self defense and/or hunting. The exception to that rule were African Americans. Black Codes or laws were put into place in just about every State preventing African Americans to legally own any type of Firearm or weapon. These laws were used to oppress and control African American populations especially in the Southern States.
Starting in 1751, the French Black Code required Louisiana colonists to stop any blacks, and if necessary, beat "any black carrying any potential weapon, such as a cane." If a black refused to stop on demand, and was on horseback, the colonist was authorized to "shoot to kill." Because of fear of Indian attack, and the importance of hunting to the colonial economy, slave possession of firearms was at times a necessity in Louisiana. But the colonists had to balance their fear of the Indians against their fear of their slaves. As a result, French Louisiana passed laws that allowed slaves and free blacks to possess firearms only under very controlled conditions
In 1790s, when the first U. S. official arrived in New Orleans in 1803 to take charge of this new American possession, the planters sought to have the existing free black militia disarmed, and otherwise exclude "free blacks from positions in which they were required to bear arms,
The end of slavery in 1865 did not eliminate the problems of racist gun control laws; the various Black Codes adopted after the Civil War required blacks to obtain a license before carrying or possessing firearms or Bowie knives;
Buffalo Soldiers In 1866, Congress approved legislation creating six all African-American Army regiments: two cavalry (the 9th and 10th) and four infantry (the 38th, 39th, 40th and 41st). These units represented the first African-American professional soldiers in a peace-time army
When blacks finally gained the ability for legal ownership of a gun or rifle it was used in many cases to protect themselves from the local criminal and from those organized groups in society that wanted to attack, kill, intimidate, rape, and oppress them based on our skin color (KKK ). Historically this reality was repeated in numerous cities in the United States especially in the Deep South where the local Klan, Sheriff/Police, and majority populations often attacked African American Men, Women, and children based on their skin color. In some of those cases a gun was the sole item that saved African American lives. Even the original civil rights leadership publicly believed that, as Frederick Douglass put it in 1867, "a man's rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box." With the rise of Jim Crow segregation at the end of the 19th century, civil rights leaders continued to advocate meeting fire with fire. "A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home," the famed anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells-Barnett wrote in 1892, when on average more than one black person was lynched every three days in the South, "and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give." Thousands of African Americans continued to fight for equality and one of the best-known civil rights organizations practicing armed self-defense were the Deacons for Defense and Justice, which was formally incorporated in Louisiana in 1965 with the explicit purpose of providing armed protection for civil rights activists, and the Black Panther Self Defense Party.
Deacons for Defense
On July 10, 1964, a group of African American men in Jonesboro, Louisiana led by Earnest “Chilly Willy” Thomas and Frederick Douglas Kirkpatrick founded the group known as The Deacons for Defense and Justice to protect members of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) against Ku Klux Klan violence. Most of the “Deacons” were veterans of World War II and the Korean War. The Jonesboro chapter organized its first affiliate chapter in nearby Bogalusa, Louisiana led by Charles Sims, A.Z. Young and Robert Hicks. The Deacons emerged as one of the first visible self-defense forces in the South and as such represented a new face of the civil rights movement. Traditional civil rights organizations remained silent on them or repudiated their activities. They were effective however in providing protection for local African Americans who sought to register to vote and for white and black civil rights workers in the area. The Deacons, for example, provided security for the 1966 March Against Fear from Memphis to Jackson, Mississippi. Moreover their presence in Southeastern Louisiana meant that the Klan would no longer be able to intimidate and terrorize local African Americans without challenge. Eventually they organized a third chapter in Louisiana. The Deacons tense confrontation with the Klan in Bogalusa was crucial in forcing the federal government to intervene on behalf of the local African American community.
The Black Panther Party- Use of Firearms - 2nd Amendment Rights
In 1966, the Black Panther Party (BPP) was founded. It was a Black political organization; originally known as the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense. The BPP originated in Oakland, California, by founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. The Black Panther Party was the manifestation of the vision of Huey P. Newton, the seventh son of a Louisiana family transplanted to Oakland, California. In October of 1966, Newton gathered a few of his longtime friends, including Bobby Seale and David Hilliard, and developed a skeletal outline for this organization. The Original six members of the Black Panthers included Elbert “Big Man” Howard, Sherman Forte, Reggie Forte, Little Bobby Hutton, and Newton and Seale. They adopted the Black Panther symbol from an independent political party established the previous year by Blacresidents of Lowndes County, Alabama.
The major difference in the structure of the Black Panther Party was that they they believed in Self Defense thru the use of Firearms and exercising their 2nd Amendment Rights as Americans. This was a dramatic view at that time. They established "armed " patrols in Black communities with Rifles and Guns in full public view to monitor police activities and protect the residents from police brutality. It is the sole Black organization in US history of Black struggle against slavery and oppression in the United States that was armed and promoted a revolutionary agenda during the Sixties.
Presently 19% of African Americans nationwide own firearms. In 2015 this percentage is growing with Doctors, Lawyers, Dentists, Business Men and Women, Plumbers, Single Moms, Republicans, Democrats, and many more are all active firearm owners in today's society. The perception and reality of African Americans owning guns is changing. In 2012 the "Pew Research Center conducted a national survey and found that only 29% of African American households viewed Guns as positive. In 2015 that same survey showed a dramatic jump to 59% where now a majority of African American families now see Guns as not only a positive but in many cases needed. In today's society every member of our community if they want can legally purchase a "Gun". African Americans in record numbers are now joining gun clubs, going to the gun range, active in outdoor hunting, and even participating in Competitive Shooting events. Single Black women are now one of the fastest growing demographic groups in the African American community for purchasing guns for home protection. The future is bright for active firearm ownership within our community now and for years to come.
HOW IT STARTED
About the Founder
The founder and President of the National African American Gun Association is Philip Smith. He is an African- American Gun enthusiast. He founded and started NAAG with the primary goal to expose, educate, and motivate as many African American men and women to go out and purchase a Firearm for Self- Defense and to take training on proper gun use
Organization was officially established on February 28, 2015
Philip Smith is the Founder & President of the National African American Gun Association
The National African American Gun Association (NAAG) membership is a patriotic law abiding organization but we recognize that there are National, local and regional events that take place that need to be discussed and in some cases aggressively corrected thru legal means as it relates to our community. Our organization was formed to advocate Self defense with the use of Firearms based on the 2nd Amendment but a Secondary and very important function of NAAG is to be active on social issues. By collectively working together with a defined strategy we can begin correcting social injustice
To address these ongoing social and political issues we are active in three (3) fundamental areas
Practice ! Practice ! Practice !
Competitive pistol shooting is a great way for the average African American shooter to really practice shooting under pressure, change of pace, hostile conditions, and a competitive environment. Competition is intense for everyone involved. There are a lot of organizations that have competitive shooting programs and competitions.
The NRA, or National Rifle Association, is the biggest and most well known of any Firearm Organization in the United States. The NRA has different sections for beginners and world-class competitors. There are more than 50 national competitive events and over 11,000 tournaments. There is something for everybody.
IDPA stands for the International Defensive Pistol Association. They focus on competition geared toward real life situations.
The USPSA, or United States Practical Shooting Association, is a good place for beginners.
Historic Photos, Hunting, Range & Tournament Shooting
"I don't even call it violence when it's in self defense; I call it intelligence." - Malcolm X
Frederick Douglass put it in 1867, "a man's rights rest in three boxes: the ballot box, the jury box, and the cartridge box."
In her remarkable 1892 disquisition on the evils of lynching, the writer Ida B. Wells noted that “the only times an Afro-American who was assaulted got away has been when he had a gun and used it in self-defense.” Wells offered some blunt advice: “a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”........Ida B Wells
True Freedom for any person should be judged by the ability to protect him or herself within that society....Philip Smith
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.
AFRICAN AMERICAN FIREARM, FISHING & OUTDOOR CLUBS
Bass Reeves Gun & Rifle Club
(founding chapter NAAGA.co)
Brooklyn’s Center Shot Archers
Brooklyn’s Center Shot Archers
was established in 2008 by
archer and coach, Larry Brown
"Never before has there been a group of African
American and Latino youth participating — and
winning — at this level of competition in the sport of archery"
Urban American Outdoors
African American Gun Club
Robert Brown Elliott Gun Club
Keith Oliver President
888 230 7621x101
Activities: Shotgun Team, Rifle Team, Archery, Fishing & Hunting.
Blue Eagles Shotgun Team
Bukhari Abdel-Alim - Head Coach
TAASAR Group Inc.
Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club
Buffalo, New York
Huey P. Newton Gun Club
Down Riggers Fishing Club
Maryland Tenth Cavalry’s
African American Hunting Association
Black Wolf Hunting Club
Camping in Color
Rod Benders Bass Club
Black America Fishing League
BUFFALO SOLDIER GUN CLUB - Fayetteville, NC Chapter
African American Kayakers
National Brotherhood of Hunters
North Coast Black Bass Anglers Association
African American Outdoors Sports Association
Owner: Sam Hayes
Firearm and Self Defense Training
New Jersey Firearms Academy
174 Danforth Ave., Jersey City, NJ 07305
Central Texas Gun Works
South Bend Center
321 W Ben White Blvd
Austin, TX 78704
Owner: Michael Cargill
Phone: 512 731 3585
Bubbas Gun Sales
Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL)
Woman Owned and Veteran Friendly
please feel free to contact us at (888)202-2396
This business is owned and operated by Fran Jones a African American women who is a Georgia Weapons Carry License holder and one of the very few female Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL) in the state of Georgia and the United States
International African Gun Clubs:
Ghana National Rifle Association
Amateur Sports Team
If you are a African American Gun Organization and want your information listed please send
your name & website link (URL) and it will be updated within 7 working days
CONCEAL & CARRY PERMIT RECIPROCITY MAPS FOR USA
This is a link to "US Carry" The permit maps link will show you which states you can carry concealed firearms in as well as which state’s permits are honored in a particular state. It is a great site for basic information and can prevent you from getting confused from State to State.
Click Here: http://www.usacarry.com/concealed_carry_permit_reciprocity_maps.html
RIFLE & GUN SAFETY
Safety with firearms, as with any other potentially hazardous machines, comes through learning and practicing safe procedures until they become a habit. With proper knowledge, skill, and a respect for firearms, accidents will not occur. Firearms are dangerous only when people make them so. When handled improperly they can become instruments of danger to people and property; when handled correctly there is no danger. Obedience to the rules of safety and range commands makes target shooting a safe sport.
Accidents don’t just happen. They are caused by ignorance or disregard for safety rules. The rules of safety and proper handling of firearms should be practiced until they are never out of mind. They should be observed at all times. Always remember, safety first, safety last and safety always.
I. GENERAL GUN SAFETY
RULES WHEN HANDLING A FIREARM
TREAT ALL FIREARMS AS LOADED UNTIL YOU HAVE CHECKED THE GUN NO MATTER WHAT !!
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. There is a natural tendency to place your finger on the trigger when holding a gun. Avoid it !!! That is what trigger guards are made for, to enable you to hold the gun comfortably with your finger off the trigger.
3. Keep the action open and gun unloaded until you are ready to shoot. Whenever you pick up any gun immediately open the action and check (visually if possible) to see that the chamber is unloaded. If the gun has a magazine, remove it and make sure it is empty. If you do not know how to open the gun's action, leave it alone and get help from someone who does.
WHEN SHOOTING A GUN:
4. Know how the gun operates. Before handling any firearm, learn how it operates. Know the basic parts, how to open and close the action safely and how to safely remove ammunition from the gun or clip. Always remember, a gun's safety device is never foolproof. Nothing can replace safe gun handling.
5. Be sure your gun and ammunition are compatible. Only BBs, pellets, cartridges or shells designed for a particular gun can be fired safely in that gun. Most guns have the ammunition type stamped on the barrel. Ammunition can be identified by information printed on the box and sometimes stamped on each cartridge. Do not shoot the gun if there is any question about the compatibility of the gun and ammunition.
6. Carry only one gauge/caliber of ammunition when shooting. Smaller ammunition can be accidentally placed in a gun chamber designed for larger ammunition creating an obstruction and a hazard. Remove unfired ammunition from clothing when you are finished shooting in order to avoid accidentally mixing different ammunition the next time you shoot.
7. Be sure of your target and what is beyond. Be positive you have identified your target beyond all doubt. Equally important, be aware of the area behind your target. This means observe your area of fire before you shoot. Never fire in a direction in which there are people or any other potential for mishap.THINK FIRST - SHOOT SECOND !
8. Wear eye and ear protection as appropriate. Guns are loud. They can also emit debris and hot gas that could cause eye injury. Safety glasses and ear protection are MANDATORY. A bit of precaution may save your sight and hearing.
9. Do not mix alcohol or drugs with shooting. Alcohol and drugs are likely to impair normal mental and physical bodily functions and must not be used before or while handling or shooting guns.
10. Be aware that circumstances may require additional rules unique to a particular situation. The basic rules as listed above for safe handling and shooting of firearms may need to be supplemented with other rules. An example would be that different types of ranges, such as pistol or trap, may have specific rules that must be learned and followed. Remember, whether in the home, at the range, or in the field, you are the person that is responsible for gun safety.
Before cleaning your firearm, make absolutely sure that it is unloaded. All ammunition should be stored away from the cleaning area. The gun action should be open during the cleaning process. Regular cleaning is important. Your gun should be cleaned after each use. A gun brought out of prolonged storage should be cleaned before shooting. Accumulated moisture, dirt or grease can interfere with the gun's safe operation. The cleaning of firearms on club property is permitted in designated areas only.
Several factors should be considered when you decide on where and how you intend to store your firearms. Your particular needs will be a major part of the consideration. Safe and secure storage requires that all untrained individuals (especially children) be denied access to your guns. Massachusetts Law (M.G.L. c. 140, s.131L) requires that all firearms be stored in a locked container or equipped with a tamper resistant lock.
"No Guns for Negroes"
"Negroes with Guns"
Rob Williams and Black Power
"Black Panther Party of Self Defense"
CNBC Article on National African American Gun Association:
South African Magazine "This is Africa" by Atane Ofiaja
Breitbart News Release
The NAAG logo represents Firearms within our community and stands on the historic shoulders of the Deacons of Defense, Tuskegee Airman, The 54th Massachusetts Infantry, Buffalo Soldiers, Bass Reeves, and countless others who sacrificed
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