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Old 02-23-2011, 10:01 PM
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How long does it take to hear back from the NRA?
I sent my membership dues in several weeks ago, and still nothing.
Is there a way I can check with them, to do I hang tight and wait for it?

Maybe I should take down the NRA symbol until then, huh?

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Old 02-23-2011, 10:07 PM
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I just renewed, got an e-mail right back.
Yes you can contact then via e-mail/phone.
Normal to take 10 days for the mail stuff to follow.
Thanks for being a member, we need you!
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Old 02-23-2011, 10:15 PM
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Hang in there. It took me just 2 days short of 4 weeks before I received an E-Mail confirmation that included my membership # and all the information regarding membership. They say it can take 4 - 6 weeks to process. If you paid by check it should have cleared by now, that will verify receipt (as would a credit card statement). If you haven't heard in 6 weeks I'd give them a call.
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I renewed in mid-November and didn't hear back until early February.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:03 AM
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OK guys, thanks.
I wrote and mailed a check on 1-21-11 and it was cashed by 2-1-11.
I found the email link to them and sent off a short message about the membership.

From what you all have said here, I'm still within the "waiting" period.

Thanks for the words of encouragement fellas!

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Old 02-24-2011, 11:04 AM
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How long does it take to hear back from the NRA?
I sent my membership dues in several weeks ago, and still nothing.

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You should be getting a membership renewal notice shortly.
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Old 02-24-2011, 01:29 PM
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Question to any NRA members.
What is the benefit of becoming a member? I respect the association and what it stands for, but what are the good, practical reasons for becoming a member.
I know this may spur some very opinionated replies, but i'll admit, i'm fairly ignorant as to what the NRA actually does. I know i could visit their site and read what they have to say (and i will), but i'd like to hear from some of you on what you get out of it.
Look forward to your feedback.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:22 PM
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I got my free hat (Made in China) after two weeks, my card and insurance info a week after that.
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They are very busy stuffing my mailbox asking for various donations, surveys (along with asking for donations,) reminding me to renew membership 11 months before it`s due etc. Also every once in awhile I get a phone call checking on my health, I guess.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:35 PM
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I renewed in mid-November and didn't hear back until early February.
That was the same time with mine as well. But man, once they start getting back to you, you have to beat them back with a stick to get them off you.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:43 PM
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Hi, FeralMerril:
When the NRA is not stuffing your mailbox, They are telephoning me at dinnertime and in the evening to join. They won't believe I am a long time member.
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:29 PM
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Just consider your fees as a donation to a lobby org. and don't expect much. You may get a card, sooner or later you'll get some mags, and months later you may, or may not get a promo gift if one was offered.

The only thing certain is the multiplication of unsolicited promo junk mail.

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Question to any NRA members.
What is the benefit of becoming a member? I respect the association and what it stands for, but what are the good, practical reasons for becoming a member.
I know this may spur some very opinionated replies, but i'll admit, i'm fairly ignorant as to what the NRA actually does. I know i could visit their site and read what they have to say (and i will), but i'd like to hear from some of you on what you get out of it.
Look forward to your feedback.
-Brian
Aside from being the most effective advocate of the 2nd, the NRA does a great many things within the industry. Take a look at their web page. For me personally... being a NRA member helped me get into the Rifle Club I belong to. They offer free firearms insurance up to $2,500. I enjoy reading American Rifleman. When I was a kid I attended and passed an NRA safety school that helped me convince my parents I was ready to have my own rifle. NRA ^5.

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I asked this same question not to long ago. I had a disagreement with the NRA years ago and let my membership lapse. I brought this up to the other members and received many responses. As a number of people pointed out (correctly) if the 2nd Amendment is really that important to us then we need someone in our corner speaking for us. There's not much doubt the NRA carries a lot of weight in DC and has prevented some groups from restricting these rights. As to the disagreement, this was resolved but one thing a member said stuck with me. He said he and his wife sometimes disagreed but that he knew that she always had his back. The NRA has our back. If the 2nd Amendment is important to you then a few bucks a year is a small price to pay to help keep it. I renewed my membership and am glad I did.
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UPDATE!

I received the email just today.

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Thank you for contacting us.

Unfortunately, I am unable to locate a record of this transaction in our database. If you would be so kind as to fax proof of payment (e.g., a canceled check-both front and back-or a credit card statement, if available) to my attention at 703-267-3957, I will be more than happy to correct this for you.

Please be sure to include your E-mail address and a copy of this E-mail with the fax so we may confirm receipt. Or, please feel free to contact me directly by US Mail at:
NRA Membership, ATTN: NAME
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
...so that I may look into this with you and make sure we correct the anomaly as soon as possible.

I look forward to hearing from you and to resolving this issue. Thank you very much for your support and please feel free to contact us if you ever need anything else!

Best Regards,

Andrew

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11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
So after that, I double checked my bank account into and found the check I sent had been cashed so I called the 800 number that was sent in the email.

A very helpful man on the other end of the line explained to me that the person that sent the email came fro the Va offices and he was in Fla.
He quickly took my info, confirmed that the payment was indeed received and everything was in order.
He couldn't understand how the other person wasn't able to find this info, but I was left with 100% confidence that everything was in order, and that my membership info is in the process of getting to me.

My "atta-boy" to the help offered to me by the members here, and the NRA rep in Florida for setting my mind at ease that I will be taken care of in short order.

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Old 02-25-2011, 07:05 AM
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I am a LIFETIME NRA MEMBER (upgraded about 25 years ago) and within that time frame I have called them a couple of times to try and correct their wasting of precious dollars they spend on calling me, and sending me packets to join the NRA! I find it idiotic to send LIFETIME MEMBERS mail monthly so they could join a group they already belong to, but even after my phone calls and hand written letter to Wayne, I still get them.

The NRA is NOT a perfect organization and they do waste some of the Membership dollars on stupidity, but all in all I think we MUST support them , as they are the best we have and they HAVE won major victories for our side. Their overall effort is positive and while sometimes they are annoying, we need every shooter in America to join and renew their NRA Membership!

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On four separate occasions I have been involved in firearms transactions using a checkbook. There is a $300 cash limit on my atm card for my protection (huh??).

I have presented my driver's license (legal to make handgun purchase), NRA life membership card, and the question, "Will you accept a check?" Each time the reply was something like, "Driver's license makes it legal, Life member makes it a good check!" Once I had to complete Form 4473 (FFL dealer) and 3 times I wrote the check without any additional identification needed.

Sure there are other benefits, but its nice to know a Life member card is good to go. My wife is a life member, but she doesn't shop as much as I do.
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Today I received my membership packet and card, so I'm official now!

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Old 03-02-2011, 05:04 PM
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Question to any NRA members.
What is the benefit of becoming a member? I respect the association and what it stands for, but what are the good, practical reasons for becoming a member.
I know this may spur some very opinionated replies, but i'll admit, i'm fairly ignorant as to what the NRA actually does. I know i could visit their site and read what they have to say (and i will), but i'd like to hear from some of you on what you get out of it.
Look forward to your feedback.
-Brian
They are a very powerful lobbing organization and pretty much they only thing between you (gun owners) and the anti gun rights people. If it was not for the NRA I doubt we would be having this discussion.

As mentioned, I had to be a member to join my local range/club, they provide firearm insurance(through a third part) they promote youth shooting events.

The are basically a Political watchdog for end around gun control acts trying to be slid in the back door.

For the very low membership there is no reason not to be a member.
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I'm a Life Member of the NRA. About 2 years ago I called them and asked to be removed from their mailings(to save THEM money), I find out everything I need to know on their website or gun forums such as this one. Additionally, I asked them not to call me anymore, they have not.
Btw, welcome to the NRA.
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How long does it take to hear back from the NRA?
I sent my membership dues in several weeks ago, and still nothing.
Is there a way I can check with them, to do I hang tight and wait for it?

Maybe I should take down the NRA symbol until then, huh?

Thanks,
Leon
Be careful what you wish for! You will eventually be incessantly inundated with NRA related mail, as feralmerril mentioned...
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Dont take the symbol down! Sometimes it takes quite a bit of time. One of my renewals was lost once- **** happens. Glad you joined up, and thanks.
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NRA membership is required to belong to my GC. I also love to get innumerable emails almost daily. I will say I do like the "Legislative updates" I get weekly. Makes it easy to keep up with what is being worked on in state govts.
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the real reason it takes so long is because they need to get your address on all their mailing lists. The NRA may have your back in the 2nd amendment discussion, but they are more interested in selling you insurance, chinese made goods, and digging in your pocket for more financial help to fight "the good fight".
I'm looking for a gun rights organization who puts gun owners rights first, not revolving commercials.
I also understand that I will be chastised for my comments by some of you so I will ask that you respect my opinion as I respect yours.
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I was going to ask the same question. I am glad I looked here first. I guess I will be waiting for awhile since I sent my money the 1st of March. Thanks for all the imput.
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