The NRA Has a New President

Pete Brownell will lead the organization.

Pete Brownell Is New NRA President

The National Rifle Association has a new President. Pete Brownell of Montezuma, Iowa, was elected by the National Rifle Association Board of Directors as President as of May 1, 2017, following the 146th NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Atlanta.

The press release from Brownell’s, a gun retailer, describes Pete Brownell as an NRA Life Member since birth. Pete Brownell is the Chief Executive Officer of the family-owned firearm and firearm accessory retailer. He took over Bob Brownell started the company in Montezuma, Iowa, in the 1930s, to turn his gunsmithing hobby into a business. The first Brownell’s catalog went out in 1947. Bob’s son Frank worked in the company during the mid-century years. Frank became president of Brownells in 1983, and then Frank’s son Pete joined the company in 1997.

Pete Brownell was elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2010, and has served as Chairman of the Membership Committee, and a member of the Finance, Law Enforcement Assistance, Publications Policies, and Sport Shooting Committees. Brownell is also former chairman of the Board of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and a former member of the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff Foundation Board. We think he sounds pretty darn qualified.

“It’s an honor and privilege to serve the 5 million members of the National Rifle Association of America. I am humbled to serve alongside Wayne LaPierre – the true heart and soul of this Association and to walk in the footsteps of my predecessors,” said Pete Brownell. “I’m a proud NRA member from day one who grew up with a passion for guns, our rich hunting heritage, and a passion to strengthen our Second Amendment.”

Brownells COO/CFO Chad Martin will lead the Brownells family of businesses on a day to day basis, while continuing to work closely with company owners Pete & Frank Brownell.

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