The CRPA Foundation supported programs include:
Civil Rights Litigation
The CRPA Foundation funds are also used to support litigation that seeks to strike down unconstitutional laws, defend and expand legal recognition of the rights protected by the Second Amendment. The CRPA Foundation and the NRA have been working together and 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 primary focus of the Foundation has been to fund litigation advocating on behalf of the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, hunting, and other purposes. The ruling in the hard fought McDonald case (in which CRPA Foundation filed an amicus brief, click here to read it) opened the door for more legal challenges to state and local gun laws in California.
The CRPA Foundation legal team litigates against ill-conceived gun control laws and ordinances. (Click here to see NRA/CRPA strategic litigation plan letter from Wayne LaPierre and Chris Cox) (Click here for an updated litigation plan and partial list of CRPA Foundation’s accomplishments through LAP).
CRPA is the only California civil rights advocacy group working hand-in-hand and case-by-case with NRA to advance strategic litigation to benefit California gun owners. Only The CRPA Foundation is coordinating its litigation efforts with NRA’s top notch legal team of firearm lawyers and experts from across the country. Those lawyers and experts have decades of experience litigating civil rights issues. They literally wrote the books on Second Amendment law. That experience and perspective is more critical than ever. Now that we have court rulings confirming that the Second Amendment civil right applies nationally, winning decisions in other jurisdictions can be used as important legal precedent in California. So a national perspective is essential to successful local action.
The CRPA Foundation is supporting many cases in the California courts, and plans for many more. But California and Ninth Circuit judges are still generally hostile to Second Amendment claims, and are often inclined to take advantage of any weakness in a Second Amendment case. Several bad court decisions have already resulted from inexperienced lawyers filing strategically unwise, ill-timed, or ill-conceived lawsuits, or making ineffective or poorly prepared arguments to the California courts.
Don’t be fooled by reckless promises. One of the biggest threats to our freedom may actually come from well meaning “activists” and inexperienced lawyers naively think it is easy to win a Second Amendment lawsuit. We don’t need any more bad law. 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.
Training and Education
The CRPA Foundation funds are used to benefit a wide variety of programs, including youth training, new shooter development, and classes for women. The CRPA Foundation provides unique opportunities for youth and minorities to experience nature, learn about protection, and develop new skills that will serve them and future generation.
Hunting and Conservation
The CRPA Foundation teaches hunter education and safety classes, hunting ethics, proper hunting techniques and natural resource management strategies that protect hunting rights and preserve California’s natural resources and wildlife.
Historical Arms Exhibitions
Part of The CRPA Foundation’s mission is to educate the public about the historic, technological, and aesthetic significance of firearms. The CPRA Foundation supported exhibitions and displays historically significant firearms in the hands of collectors who then come to appreciate their significance. The historical significance of firearms and their development continues to fascinate and educate those who see these exhibitions and collections.
The CRPA Foundation funds support recreational and competitive target shooting programs that engage new shooters, provide assistance and protection to shooting ranges, and teach marksmanship skills.
Modern day social and digital media campaigns are critical to educating the public and getting the truth out about the social value and utility of firearms. The CRPA Foundation funds digital media campaigns including public service announcements focused on educating the public regarding firearms, firearms safety, hunting and conservation. The CRPA Foundation also publishes and distributes a number of booklets and brochures about gun laws, gun safety, and other topics of interest to California gun owners.
The CRPA Foundation funds support gun safety efforts that educate the public, and that make state and local officials aware of gun safety programs at their disposal that are effective in reducing accidents and violence without infringing on the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
Help The CRPA Foundation by Donating
Funding for The CRPA Foundation comes from individuals and organizations through tax-deductible gifts, donations, wills, and living trusts. Please help us with these efforts by donating now to The CRPA Foundation. Your contribution to The CRPA Foundation will be used to benefit Californians.
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]