NRA history: The making of the gun lobby





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By Joel Achenbach, Scott Higham and Sari Horwitz (with contributions from Alice Crites, Julie Tate, Magda Jean-Louis and Tom Hamburger)

In gun lore it’s known as the Revolt at Cincinnati. On May 21, 1977, and into the morning of May 22, a rump caucus of gun rights radicals took over the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association.

The rebels wore orange-blaze hunting caps. They spoke on walkie-talkies as they worked the floor of the sweltering convention hall. They suspected that the NRA leaders had turned off the air-conditioning in hopes that the rabble-rousers would lose enthusiasm....



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