Posted September 17, 2017 8:30 am by Comments

By Tom Knighton

I know, I know, the idea of liberal gun owners feels like a contradiction in terms. Kind of like “military intelligence” and “honest politician.” However, they exist. There aren’t many, mind you, but they exist.

And, of course, The Trace is going to present them to the world.

Despite the group’s name, politics are mostly absent from its discussion boards. Members instead use the forum to discuss reliability, accuracy, and cost of firearms, and to get advice.

Liberal Gun Club members tend to support universal background checks and other efforts intended to keep weapons out of the hands of criminals. Yet they also feel that many gun laws, especially those that single out specific types of weapons, are ineffective. Some members have concealed-carry permits, and feel that fellow progressives too often don’t recognize that there are legitimate uses of guns for sport and self-defense.

Smith said the club has seen substantial growth in the last year, driven by people who have defected from the NRA, or who are otherwise put off by what they perceive as extreme rhetoric from other gun owners. The group has nine chapters and boasts about 5,000 members in all 50 states. A membership costs $10 a …Read the Rest

Source:: Bearing Arms

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