Bama Carry Freedom Conference

Come to BamaCarry‘s 4th Annual Freedom Conference to meet the folks you’ve been hoping to meet. I am, with many friends attending & a great lineup of speakers, including me. Don’t need to be from AL, just need to be #2A. Don’t get here often so, please, let’s get introduced. Have four states to visit before getting to Sweet Home on Feb 10 so I’m prepping remarks now. What’d y’all want me to talk about? #merica #nocompromise #commonsense #selfdefense #noexcuse #ICarryMySafePlace #keepshooting#SecondAmendment @WillesLee #DefenderofFreedom #firearms #gunowners #freedom #gunrights #patriot#myflag #freedom #reciprocity #guns #CCW #lovevets Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors Eddie Fulmer

@americanairlines , you WERE doing fine. Out of DCA, probably easiest airlines to travel with firearms. Still, placed a ‘steal me’ tag on my checked luggage. The delay in Charlott was miserable. When sammwich cart comes out … say again how long is this delay? #whywehatetofly #amateurs#crewresttheysay #makeflyinggreatsgain #coulddrivefaster #AmericanAirlines #sucks

Hey. Which of you friends suggested I fly American?? @americanairlines repeatedly delayed this flight to Birmingham AL 7 times over 7 hours, always citing crew complications. Just now #AA tweets there were wx issues. Huh? Get your lies straight. Fortunately, crowd was a fun group. Suppose to land at 1pm, note the photo is NOT 1pm. Missed lunch w friends Paul & @joanreynolds. Dinner w my @BamaCarry friends. We haven’t taken off yet, might missed more. #AmericanAirlines sucked today. Hope they are better tomorrow. #dts

Today, Jasper AL. Outreach, Grassroots Dev, team work. BamaCarry.organnual conference. Just spoke, headed back to airport. Great people, great energy. Many friends, lots of new friends. Back held up, mostly, but it friggin hurts. Love being in Alabama, back to the beltway for CPAC 2018#CCW #2A #nocompromise 

This was good fun, great #merica. Y’all treat folks right. This is 2A-loving country. Wrapping a four state, five event, ten day trip (w a screaming back) & this made the work worth it. Wanna get these posted show our fun #SecondAmemdment friends. I’ll caption soon, gotta clean #CCW. Less than 24 hours in the ground thanks to a sucky American Airlines trip. Torrential, needed rain. Many friends, new friends, & FB friends. Need y’all to follow my NRA page, personal page is so much you don’t care about. Other speakers were great, must-hear sortof talks. Felt flat w aching back but folks were kind as Eddie Fulmer allowed me to borrow his stage for a couple min. Gonna share some real-photog pics later after some more sleep. Lots this week before our CPAC 2018 the next. #NRA #NRABoard#WillesLee #reciprocity #lovevets #gunrights #gunowners #freedom #firearms #ShallNotBeInfringed Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors

Midnight landing, Saturday. Ten days, four states, five major events (several multi-Day)….. no flu but back and leg were a burning. A blessing. Good #2A & #conservative work (‘cept embarrassing R cave on the budget). Thank you to friends who helped get me around, especially after back blew up. #RNCmeeting #GAOS2018 #2A AAPI Conservative Leadership Caucus #NFRA #itsonlyworkifyoudoit #needsleep #onlyoneworkdaylefttilmonday #PTforback #outreach @WillesLee #nocompromise  #reciprocity #M2AGA #DefenderofFreedom National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) #lovevets 

GAOS, Harrisburg

Great American Outdoor Show. this was tough but not for reasons you’d think. Hosed some nerves in the back and leg so it was painful, as in very painful to stand and to walk. Then, a snow storm was approaching. Still, drove up, stopping, always, on the Gettysburg battlefield in the snow.

End those winter blues, join us in Harrisburg. Gotta admit, this is a highlight of my Great American Outdoor Show. My schedule keeps scrunching down but I will NOT miss DockDogs® at NRA Great American Outdoor Show (WK 1). PM if you’re going, let’s link. NRA – National Rifle Association of America has re-made #GAOS into #1 outdoor show in the world. #NRA #NRABoard#2A #guns #merica #freedom @WillesLee #USA #FreedomsSafestPlace 

PSA for all real people. Do NOT NOT NOT miss the world’s biggest outdoor show. This is family stuff. Firearms, boats, trucks, excursions, archery & NRA Headquarters Range, & dockdogs on my schedule. 9 days, 175k+ visitors, 200+ seminars, 1100 exhibitors, NRATVNRA Foundation Friends of NRA banquet, NRA Country concert, 650k sf of exhibits, NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program birthday, celebrities, rock climbing, more, more, more. I’m there Tuesday & Wednesday, say hi. #WillesLee #guns #firearms#ShallNotBeInfringed #lovevets #hunting #fishing #GAOS2018

Uh huh. Last night was big party in DC w dear friends & family. Today is #GAOS2018 world’s largest outdoor show right here in beautiful Harrisburg PA. #MAGA @WillesLee #boats #trucks #excursions #CarryGuard@nratv @NRA #Americans

Weather better last year, but more vendors, exhibits, seminars this. Great fun, today was dockdogs, check my FB Live, ’bout 5 min, at Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors. Gonna snow soon, I need to be able to get back for a flight Friday to Alabama. #WillesLee @WillesLee #M2AGA

#GAOS2018. Great American Outdoor Show, Harrisburg, PA. 9 days, 1000 vendors, 200 seminars, 175k visitors & dockdogs. C’mon, how is this not fun? No dogs, toys, nor trainers we’re injured in the making of these vids. Pro-am, you can bring your dog to compete. Check the FB Live from yesterday’s warm up rounds at Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors. Spend my time w newest Outdoor gear, thanking our many vendors & NRA – National Rifle Association of America members from across the nation. I’m liking the guns & gear, boats, trucks. Hit the NRA Headquarters RangeNRA’s Eddie Eagle Programbirthday, NRATV booth, NRA Carry Guard. Still time for The NRA FoundationFriends of NRA Banquet, & NRA Country concert. NRA Museums has great display at NRA booth in the Shooting Sports Hall. #outsidethebeltway #USA #FreedomsSafestPlace @WillesLee #dockdogs #outdoors #excursions

Did a FB Live from the Dock Dogs show. From #GAOS2018. #dockdogs #USA #outdoors dockdogs Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors Just posted more vid at personal page and Instagram @WillesLee

#GAOS2018. You need to do this, thru the weekend & again next year. 200 seminars, 1000 vendors, #hunting#fishing, boats, trucks, & yes firearms, accessories, & gear. Friends banquet tonight, NRA Country concert Saturday. This was fun, lots of friends & new friends. Fly to AL tomorrow. #NRA #NRABoard NRA – National Rifle Association of America #WillesLee #shallnotbeinfringed @WillesLee #firearms #2A #freedom #guns #noexcuse Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors


Aim Your Vote in the 2018 NRA Board Elections

Great candidates this year. Ballots hit beginning this week. If you’re not an eligible NRA voter, you should be. READ THIS BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR BALLOT (I’m not up this year, so it isn’t about me). Some hard feeling out here, thanks Ammoland Shooting Sports News for publishing pro- & con- stuff so we can decide. NRA is the ONLY major #2A Board for which you get to vote – don’t pass on this opportunity, & get friends & Groups to also vote. #NRA #NRABoard #transparency #freedom#lovevets #FreedomsSafestPlace #guns #firearms #WillesLee#noexcuse #nocompromise #commnsense @WillesLee #gunowners #DefenderofFreedom #reciprocity#M2AGA #merica Willes Lee NRA Board of Directors #patriot#ShallNotBeInfringed

Only slight edits by the Ammoland staff.

NRA Board member Willes Lee on the 2018 NRA Election: Aim Your Vote

By NRA Board Member Willes Lee
This is personal opinion and is not National Rifle Association of America (NRA) position or policy. This article adds transparency to the NRA election process.

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NRA Board member Willes Lee on the 2018 NRA Election: Aim Your Vote

USA – -( Our NRA is the biggest, loudest, most effective voice for upholding the Second Amendment. Though, in an ideal world none of us in should have to advocate for our God-given rights, as affirmed in the Second. I am committed to protecting our rights in a world that is, not as we wish it were. This is why I urge fellow NRA voting members to aim your NRA Board member vote.

We need the best NRA Board of Directors possible. Few major organizations allow “you” to have a say, like the National Rifle Association’s by-laws do.

NRA is the ONLY major Second Amendment organization that allows any individual member to run for the Board, and also allows for all eligible members to vote.

I serve on several national- and state-level boards and commissions, and this is the only one decided by members. You decide who runs, you decide who is elected. It is argued that the NRA Nominating Committee decides the candidates, but those committee members are there only because we elected them to the Board.

Their committee process augments, but does not exclude, a successful independent member petition effort. Col Allen West won election as a petition-only candidate. I’ve run both ways. Nominated in 2016, it was a loss but close enough to move onto the Board a year ago this month to fill a vacancy. Running by petition-only in 2017, you helped me win a two-year term. This makes me either an outside-insider, or an inside-outsider. I have written to you before about my NRA election journey on AmmoLand News.

The 35 candidates for 2018 include thirty nominated candidates, three nominated and petition candidates, and two petition-only candidates. We’ll elect 25 board members for three-year terms. NRA Life members and current members of five or more consecutive years receive their ballot in their Official NRA periodical (first-class mail for Hawaii only). If you are eligible and you do not receive a ballot, contact the NRA Membership office. Some 2.2 million members get ballots.

Disappointingly, only about 7% (in 2017, 135,000 for 6.2%) of ballots are returned. If you are reading this, the NRA election is as important to you as any state or national election.

Here is what I ask of you: Read their bios to discern differences, also ask your friends, google their names, check their social media. We have very qualified and capable candidates. We do so much more than legislative advocacy and firearms training. It is valuable to have many varied backgrounds on the Board to address myriad NRA gold-standard functional areas. These include competitions, safety, youth, certification, collecting, shooting, legal, finance, self-defense, political and issue matters, hunting, conservation and quite a bit more, in addition to the well-known advocacy and training roles. We need the best people who will bring their commitment, expertise, and experience to the NRA Board.

Bullet Voting

Many strongly suggest you do not vote a full slate of 25. Instead, it’s more effective for you to “bullet vote”. Select the one, maybe three, no more than five of your best. In any election with multiple candidates for multiple positions, singling out your “bullet” vote gives it more weight. E.g., if there is one particular candidate you favor, by also voting for others, your candidate has no more edge than the others.

Board Member, #76

Willes Lee
Willes Lee

There is an additional Board member, #76, who is elected for a one-year term by membership attending the NRAAM. We’ll write about that after this election.

It is more important than ever to have an aggressive, agile NRA Board. Many great patriots serve and have served to build the National Rifle Association into “Freedoms Safest Place”. With civil (gun) rights issues and the growing popularity of shooting activities, it is necessary more than ever to shape our Board of Directors with action leadership for the coming decade. Research the candidates, and cast your vote.

Lieutenant Colonel Willes K. Lee USA (Ret) is a member of the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) Board of Directors. He is a Benefactor Life member, serving on five NRA committees. Lee is a combat veteran, a West Point graduate who served another 22 years as a Defender of Freedom. Willes is the President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA), a co-Chairman of the Trump-Pence Second Amendment Coalition, a member of the Council for National Policy, and on the board of the American Conservative Union (ACU) Foundation, hosts of CPAC. He is a former GOP State Chairman and RNC member. Follow Lee, Twitter and Instagram @WillesLee, and

NRA Board meeting, January 2018

The January 2018 meeting of the NRA Board of Directors was held in Northern Virginia.  This is my one-year anniversary of being on the Board, moving up last January to fill a vacancy.  Don’t announce much in advance and post very little, if any, during, for security reasons.  Many friends today as I post this are in Las Vegas for SHOT.   I’m missing SHOT this year because of work here, and a wicked two weeks in 4 cities coming up.  Had to be a grown up.  A week passed so I could gather info, and cull what was important enough to stick in my memory.  Board member Jay Printz’s post-meeting FB post “Headed back to my winter home after a productive NRA Board meeting.  I sure hope my friends understand how vitally important the 2018 midterm elections are to our freedoms.  If we lose the House or the Senate, or, GOD help us, both……..we will deserve what we will surely get.  Do not be apathetic!!!!” And, that’s it.  Especially the US Senate e.g. losing the Senate changes everything about SCOTUS & federal judges, and the courts is what it is ALL about.  Lot of State, local, municipal actions to infringe our 2A, lots of work to accomplish.

All five of the committees I’m on met (noted here with *).  Made for busy.  I’ll continue my FB and IG series “NRA Factoids” branded by the Life member log on my NRA jacket to give more info.  Because I could, I also sat in on as many other committee meetings to hear the work and background of whatever they’d report out during the Saturday meeting of the full board.  Sat in on Clubs and Associations, then Publications, afternoon was a full session of *Grassroots Development*.  Important here were actions to build 2A voter base to GOTV 2018.  Dinner with leadership and new Board members, opportunity to meet and know our team.  Morning of *Federal Affairs* for review and 2018 plan for action, and afternoon of full committee of *Legislative Policy* with focus on 2018 mid-term elections, #reciprocity remains the #1 legislative priority.  Nest morning was Education and Training to hear details of training programs, meet new committee members, and hear status of CG.  I didn’t know, should have, that we have 118k NRA certified instructors and safety officers nationwide.  Straight into *Military and Veterans Affairs* with Col North concluding with a reso for the full board.  Direct to a lunch meeting to discuss next meeting, then an afternoon of *Outreach* to prepare plans for Dallas NRAAM.  This is cool, I sat between Col Allen West and, with David Clarke missing this one, Chris Cheng.  President’s reception this evening w sweetheart (she is usually just too busy to make many events) and my guest (next para).  Dinner with many young committee members and old(er) board members, and our guests.  Board meeting Saturday AM, had some but not much fireworks.  Home in time for the Duke Basketball game.  Couldn’t attend all that I would because it was important to ….

I asked Maj Toure, charismatic 2A leader taking our civil (gun) rights message into inner cities.  Met him at the Second Amendment Foundation GRPC in Dallas in September, we agreed to work to get him to a board meeting.  It was a lengthy process to get him cleared (not unusual, just my first time hosting a guest) to attend.  He did a great job presenting in Outreach Committee, made the rounds at the President’s reception, we had a group dinner.  In his suit, looks just as good as he does in his Black Guns Matter hoodie.  Spent morning of NRA Board meeting watching process and listening to leadership and committee reports.  Will continue our relationship to further 2A.  Maj goes places I can’t go.  Hope to assist his 50-state tour.  It WAS a lift to make it happen, and I appreciate Maj joining me for this meeting.  THIS is outreach, grassroots, changing minds about firearms ownership and groups that promote it, like us.  Google Maj Toure, you’ll see why bringing him was a risk, why Maj and I took the risk, and why there is so much to gain from it.

At the Saturday Board meeting, leadership presents and each committee chair reports.  Normal meeting stuff, accepting minutes, and such.  In the winter meeting, we present annual awards for the past year to, for example, Activist of the Year, Club or affiliate, LEO, membership, youth, and more.  That’s fun.  The most Board action (votes) was about changes to competition rules for several disciplines.

Before Board meeting I asked on FB what folks wanted to know coming out of the meeting.  Wrapping several topics into: 1. California, please help.  Everything from ammo, to elections, to taxes.  NRA is there, and other 2A orgs, including a lead by CRPA.  Want to change the laws?  Change the people who make the laws.  We can (and do) fight in the courts as a stopgap, but legislation makes the difference.  If you want to help, contact CRPA and join the effort.  2. NRA Board meeting attendance.  I don’t track, I just do my work.  Attendance is being raised as an issue for this (and last) NRA election.  Not that attending a meeting isn’t important, it is.  But, a meeting alone is does not define Board membership.  Ofttimes meetings prevent me from doing the work I do for 2A.   I’ll add, I cannot raise $4M at a crack for NRA, other members can (and do).  Today, I am not qualified to run a national shooting championship (maybe tomorrow), others can.  There’s more, but the point is every member has their strengths.  Oh, and back to elections, we (you) elected these folks to be on the Board.  So, if Board attendance is how you judge Board members (whatever is fine with me), vote accordingly.  It’s on the list, but not high on my list.  Add that, it is important to attend a Board meeting, at least one, to see the operation.  Difficult to credibly criticize if you’ve never been (I know, doesn’t stop me from criticizing pro point guards).   The work occurs in the 38 (+ special) committees.  There is so much NRA does, to have every member be an expert on every discipline and activity is nonsensical.  Committees do the work, we research to be proficient and ask our questions, then the body takes action.  You should attend, then, develop a strategy to change what you don’t like.  Just saying.  3. Carry Guard status. CG program is ahead of schedule.  Training is tweaked to introduce a basic course, and make what was the course until now, into an intermediate course of instruction.  CG is a new, massive program, coming on board.  If you want to bet that it isn’t GOING TO BE the gold-standard, I’ll take that bet.  Well, like dinner, or a dollar, something I can afford.  Bottom line, it’s getting better (and bigger) every day.

Are there glitches at NRA?  Yup.  Do we appreciate your assistance?  Absolutely.  Am I going to bitch to you?  No, I am going to work to fix them as they rise.  There is a lot of great work being done at all levels, by many, many folks.  Thank you.  Being engaged is absolutely essential to face the constant and continuing threats to our civil (gun) rights.  Is there more to report?  Of course, and I’ll roll out stuff in posts as we go.  Finally, NRA Board elections for 2018 are kicking in. Vote. Bullet vote, but vote.  Next Board meeting is at NRAAM, then the fall meeting.  Dropping a few photos of the peeps at the meeting.