Friends of the NRA hold fund-raiser Saturday in Eagle |

Friends of the NRA hold fund-raiser Saturday in Eagle

EAGLE, Colorado – A group of locals believes it’s time to find a way for local hunters and shooters to support each other. That’s why Eagle County has a new “Friends of the NRA” group.

That group – whose member are mostly members of the National Rifle Association – hopes to both spark interest in the group and raise money for local firearm education and safety grants.

To get the ball rolling, the group will host a dinner Oct. 9 at the old exhibit hall at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. The dinner will feature food from Moe’s Original Bar-B-Cue, a host of silent and live auction items and a raffle.

“We’re going to have guns available (for auction) from Glock, Remington and other makers,” said Rick Adams, one of the event organizers. “We’ll have knives, housewares, cleaning kits and gift cards, too.”

Organizers are hoping for a good turnout, but Adams said advance ticket sales have been kind of slow. Still, he said, he’s not terribly worried.

“The local Mule Deer Foundation had a dinner and only sold 250 advance tickets, and more than 400 people showed up,” Adams said.

While not expecting that kind of success, Adams said 150 people would be a good turnout for the first event.

When the local group gets some money in the bank, Adams said he expects the grants could help both local kids and adults. The local 4-H shooting sports club is an obvious place for grants, but Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies will have to pay half the cost of their body armor starting next year. Adams said good vests start at $1,000, and expects the local Friends of the NRA could eventually have money to help officers pay their share.

Adams said while the group is starting off with a big event, there are others planned down the road, including, perhaps, participating in a machine-gun shooting event sponsored by local gun dealer Matt Solomon.

And, he said, the local group is open to just about anyone.

“You don’t have to be a member of the NRA to join,” Adams said. “We’re open to people who enjoy shooting sports.”

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