NRA Unholsters New Museum— in Gun Store
'If you are a gun person, you are going to love this place'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2013 12:03 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The National Rifle Association has unveiled a new museum—inside a gun store. The National Sporting Arms Museum, inside a sprawling Bass Pro store in Springfield, Mo., features close to 1,000 firearms, including ones owned by historical figures as diverse as Teddy Roosevelt, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Jesse James, Reuters reports.

"If you are a gun person, you are going to love this place," says the museum's director. "These guns came from the NRA collection built over 80 years, but a lot came from special collections that haven't had a place for display." The museum, which traces the history of guns in the US, is "not political," the director says, although one gallery is named "Second Amendment."

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troy705
Aug 5, 2013 8:29 AM CDT
It sounds good except the NRA has a hand in it. Lets look at the money that could be generated from this kind of thing. The NRA is there to sign up members and bring the cash in. The second amendment is simply a way to cash in.
AlamoOne
Aug 5, 2013 8:27 AM CDT
Agreed...this is not a GUN STORE. But, this is merely the biased reporting from Chicago Newser Democratic staff that could be expected for a story like this...seemlingly balanced, but only with the Scales of the Democracy designed by the Cook County powers that be! Maybe some of the MO air will waft over to IL!
Smitty6398
Aug 5, 2013 6:10 AM CDT
I was lucky enough to be able to attend this Event. I drove the 100 miles there and arrived early (3:30am). After crashing in my P'up for several hours, I went inside and roamed and waited for the public opening at 10am. Newser characterized the Bass Pro Store as "a gun store"; nothing could be farther from the truth. The Firearms and Shooting Sports area occupies less than 10% of their floor space at this location. This building is a beautiful presentation of the Outdoor Sports, hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking, skiing, and many more. Furnished with live fish and amphibians, inhabited by stuffed animals of many varieties. Although the Sporting Arms Museum is on the second floor, there is an elevator for access for those with disabilities, as are other 2nd floor areas in the building. There are several hundred firearms that have been collected and donated (or loaned) to the Museum for display. I went specificly to see the Air Rifle of Lewis & Clark's expedition, which went thru the country where I grew to adulthood. My hometown is about 50 miles from the route they followed, and l later lived on the banks of the Columbia River, close enough to throw rocks from our front yard and hit the water, which at that time was the last free-flowing portion of the river on the Washington/Oregon border. I heard about L&C all my life, but had never heard about this "air" rifle. There was a collection of sidearms carried by The Texas Rangers including one used by Frank Hamer, who finally ran the Barrow Gang to ground. Many unique and/or unusual firearms, including several used by Olympic Athletes were on display; firearms owned by dignitaries, the famous and the infamous. Believe me, the few hours I was able to spend there were well worth the trip. I WILL be going back. Thank you: National Rifle Association, and Bass Pro Shops