The CRPA Foundation was formed in 2004 to help effectuate the goals of CRPA on behalf of its members, educate the public, and support programs that promote shooting sports.
The CRPA Foundation is a tax-exempt entity, incorporated under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code and under California law. Contributions to The CRPA Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law (Consult a tax professional for specific advice on how such contributions may be tax deductible.).
Contributions to the CRPA Foundation are used for the direct benefit of Californians. Funds granted by The CRPA Foundation benefit a wide variety of constituencies throughout California, including youth, women, historic arms collectors, hunters, target shooters, law enforcement, veterans, senior citizens, disabled shooters, JROTC trainers, and those who choose to own a gun to defend themselves and their families.
The CRPA Foundation seeks to strike down unconstitutional laws, and defend and expand legal recognition of the rights protected by the Second Amendment through the litigation support program, promote firearm and hunting safety, protect hunting rights, conduct research, enhance marksmanship skills of those participating in shooting sports, and educate the public about firearms in their historic, technological, and aesthetic context.
The CRPA Foundation and the NRA have been actively litigating California gun owners’ rights cases together for decades. In recognition of the increased need for litigation after the United States Supreme Court’s June 2008 decision in Heller vs. Distict of Columbia affirming the Second Amendment as a fundamental individual right, and the June 28, 2010 decision in McDonald vs. Chicago confirming that the Second Amendment’s protections limit state and local governments from unconstitutionally infringing on the right to keep and bear arms, a major focus of The CRPA Foundation going forward is to fund litigation efforts on behalf of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, hunting, and other purposes. More recently, CRPA, The CRPA Foundation and NRA are partnering in numerous cases across the country.
The CRPA Foundation works hand-in-hand with NRA to develop and implement a California strategic litigation plan. (Click here to see NRA/CRPA strategic litigation plan letter from Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox) The ruling in the hard fought McDonald case (in which CRPA Foundation filed an amicus brief, click here to read it) opens the door for more legal challenges to state and local gun laws in California. To implement that litigation plan, CRPA Foundation and the NRA have formed the California Legal Action Project (LAP). The NRA/CRPA Foundation Legal Action Project (LAP) is a joint venture partnership between the NRA and The CRPA Foundation to advance the Second Amendment rights of firearms owners in California. Through LAP, NRA/CRPA Foundation attorneys litigate to fight against ill-conceived gun control laws and ordinances, assist individuals, and educate state and local officials about the programs at their disposal that are effective in reducing accidents and violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners. (Click here for an updated litigation plan and partial list of CRPA Foundation’s accomplishments through LAP).
The CRPA Foundation is the only California civil rights organization working hand-in-hand and case-by-case with NRA to advance a strategic litigation plan to benefit California gun owners. Only CRPA is coordinating its litigation efforts with NRA’s top notch legal team of firearm lawyers from across the country. Those lawyers have decades of experience litigating Second Amendment civil rights issues. So, a national perspective is essential to successful local action. For example, CRPA has been helping support NRA’s Second Amendment challenge to Washington, D.C.’s ban on certain commonly owned semi-automatic firearms so that court’s decision can be used in the inevitable legal challenge planned against California’s nonsensical ban on certain semi-automatic firearms improperly characterized as “assault weapons.” (Click here to see Heller vs District of Columbia II lawsuit).
With your help, The CRPA Foundation and the NRA can bring the right cases, with the right lawyers, with the right plaintiffs, at the right time.
The CRPA Foundation also supports charitable, educational, scientific, and a wide range of firearms-related public interest activities that support and defend the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. For example, the CRPA Foundation funds Public Service announcements via radio and TV to educate the public regarding firearms safety. The CRPA Foundation also publishes and distributes educational materials and publications with a focus on safety, shooting sports, community organizations, supported programs, etc. The CRPA Foundation supports amateur Junior Shooters programs, youth programs, and develops forums to teach the citizens of California proper hunting techniques that preserve California natural resources and wildlife.
Funding for the Foundation comes from individuals and organizations through tax-deductible gifts, donations, wills, living trusts, and planned giving. Please help us with these efforts by donating now to the CRPA Foundation.
Your contribution to The CRPA Foundation will be used to benefit California firearms owners through strategic and carefully planned litigation efforts, to promote and educate new shooters, women, senior citizens, the general public, and the next generation, and to support the shooting sports at the state and national level. If you want your dollars spent fighting for the rights and protecting the interests of California firearms owners, the CRPA Foundation is the place to invest.
For more information about the CRPA Foundation’s activities and how you may make tax deductible contributions please contact us:
The CRPA Foundation
271 East Imperial Highway #620 Fullerton, CA 92835
Phone: (714) 992-2772
Fax: (714) 992-2996
[501(c)3 Internal Revenue Tax ID# 73-1719822]