Guinness Shoots Down NRA's World Record Attempt

Gun-rights people are really feeling themselves post-Election Day
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 15, 2016 2:28 PM CST
A thousand shooters took place in a world-record attempt to support the NRA on Monday in Arizona.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – Guinness World Records refused to acknowledge a potential world record by the NRA, but after the week it's had, the NRA doesn't really care. USA Today reports more than a thousand people from 16 states traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday to take part in the "1000 Man Shoot." Shooters lined up next to each other at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility to fire two rounds simultaneously. The first shot was to celebrate the Second Amendment; the second was to set the world record for simultaneous target shooting, according to KPNX. An NRA board member tells USA Today that Monday was a good time to make history again, as the organization and its supporters already made history last week by electing Donald Trump, "overcoming the liberal media...and defeating their gun-ban agendas."

"To fire for our Second Amendments rights, you can't explain a better feeling," one participant tells KPNX. Which is good, because the second shot missed its mark: Guinness World Records says it doesn't have a category for simultaneous target shooting and wouldn't create one. An NRA spokesperson says that doesn't matter because the NRA will henceforth serve as keeper of all gun-related world records, and one of the organizers of the event has gone ahead and declared it a world record in a press release. Organizers believe the event raised $1 million for the NRA. (Read more NRA stories.)

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