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The National Rifle Association was formed in 1871 with a primary focus on promoting “rifle shooting on a scientific basis," according to the organization’s website.
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Most recently, the NRA has filed a number of lawsuits against states and government agencies that have declared gun and ammunition stores nonessential during the COVID-19 pandemic, which means they are required to close.
The reason for its creation, according to NPR, was to increase the accuracy of bullets fired and “educate a new generation of marksmen" in the aftermath of the Civil War.