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Citizen-ProtectorsThe Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline$
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Jennifer Carlson

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199347551

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347551.001.0001

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NRA Training and the Everyday Politics of Gun Carry

NRA Training and the Everyday Politics of Gun Carry

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Jennifer Carlson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the process by which people become gun carriers, specifically the NRA courses effectively required to obtain a concealed-pistol license in Michigan. It shows how NRA training attaches a particular set of civic rights, duties, and responsibilities (that is, a model of citizenship) to the lawful carrying of guns. While the organization is often associated with its role as the leader of the gun lobby, this chapter calls attention to the NRA’s service side to show how NRA gun training shapes gun culture from the ground up by presenting and promoting a model for citizenship—the citizen-protector—that centers on the moral capacity to use lethal force to protect both self and others.

Keywords:   National Rifle Association, gun politics, embodiment, moral politics, citizenship, concealed carry, firearms training

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