NJ Politics Digest: Determining Which Groups in the State Get NRA Grants

The National Rifle Association boooth at CPAC 2018 in National Harbor, Maryland. Alex Wong/Getty Images

With its tough gun laws and high population, there’s not as much of a firearms culture in the Garden State as in other locales across the country.

That’s reflected in the amount of money state groups get from the National Rifle Association (NRA), according to a report in The Asbury Park Press. New Jersey groups—including youth programs and social groups—only received about $140,000 in NRA Foundation grants since 2010, according to the report. The foundation gave a total of $61 million in grants and other funds between 2010 and 2016. The report compares the amount New Jersey received to grant totals for California—$7.9 million—and Texas—about $5 million.

The grants have come under scrutiny since the Parkland school shooting and the revelations that the gunman had been on a school shooting team that had received grants, according to the report. No schools in New Jersey received NRA grant funds, which went to private shooting clubs or Boy Scout programs and were primarily used to pay for safety and education programs.

The Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club in Jackson received the most money of any group in the state, with a total of $51,658, according to the report. The smallest New Jersey grant was $5,068 for a shooting program run by the Garden State Council Boy Scouts of America in Westampton.

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