The National Rifle Association claims to speak for more than 4 million gun owners. But the shots are really called by a hush-hush group of 76 directors. The majority are nominated via a top-down process and elected by a small fraction of NRA members. A breakdown of the current board, based on their official bios:
- 87 percent are men. 93 percent are white.
- 25 percent are current or former federal, state, or local lawmakers or officials.
- 22 percent are current or former law enforcement officers. 30 percent are current or former members of the military.
- 24 percent are lawyers.
- 12 percent are entertainers or athletes.
- 64 percent are hunters. 71 percent are sport or competitive shooters.
- At least 71 percent were nominated, endorsed, or selected by the NRA's Nominating Committee.
Meet the NRA's Board of Directors