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Supported Research
Research - Special Funds:

The NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund distributes to libraries, public defender services, and other persons free books and law review articles for educational purposes, provides research grants, and conducts a student writing contest. Such activities are a public benefit. The recipients of research grants have resulted in the publication of scholarly writings, which end up in the public domain. Recent activities in this area include the following:

At the January 9, 2015, meeting $15,000 grant to David Hardy to fund various Second Amendment research and writing projects.

At the January 9, 2015, meeting $10,000 Second Amendment research and writing grant (David Hardy).

At the January 9, 2015, meeting $2,500 FFL Defense Research Center grant.

At the January 9, 2015 meeting; $50,000 to Office of the NRA General Counsel to fund a law clerk position.

At the April 10, 2015, meeting; $25,000 grant to the Independent Institute of Oakland for a book/communication project entitled Gun Rights 2.0: Protecting the Cornerstone of a Free Society, by Stephen Halbrook.

At the April 10, 2015, meeting; $6,000 grant to David Hardy for the purpose of performing research at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library regarding that administration's documents on firearms policy.

At the April 10, 2015 meeting; $1,500 grant to David Hardy for the purpose of retrieving, organizing, and donating Mike McNulty's Waco cover-up files to a university in Texas whose library is building a collecting on the Waco matter.

At the April 10, 2015 meeting; $15,000 grant to David Hardy to fund various Second Amendment research and writing projects.

At the September 11, 2015 meeting; $20,000 grant to David Hardy to fund various Second Amendment research and writing projects.

At the September 11, 2015 meeting; $6,000 grant to David Hardy to fund litigation against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) arising out of his FOIA requests.