Earlier this week, I announced my interest in running for the 76th Seat on the National Rifle Association’s Board of Directors.

Since that news went out, I’ve been asked three questions several times, in this order of frequency:

-How do I support you / vote for you?
-Why do you want to be on the NRA BoD?
-What is the deal with the “76th Seat” ?

pincsu4nraI’m going to answer them in reverse order:

 1. What is the deal with the “76th Seat” ?

75 of the BoD seats are three year terms. Most NRA Voting Members (more on that in a moment) are used to seeing a Ballot on which they can vote for up to 25 people every year. Historically, a very low percentage (under 10) of the eligible NRA Voting Members return their ballots. When the ballots are received the top 25 got getters for the year are put on the board.  There are three types of people who get votes on those ballots:  Nominees, Petitioners and Write-Ins.  The Nominees were selected by a committee of existing Board Members after throwing their hat in the ring. This is, by far, the most usual route for someone getting on the NRA BoD. Petitioners have  submitted the names and personal information of at least 250 (often many more) voting members of the NRA who have said that they will support them. The number of Petitioners is controlled pretty tightly, to keep the ballots from having thousands of people with a strong local support group on them, so it is important that Petitioners have a large following.  The last type of vote getter on the mail-in ballots are Write-Ins. That is for people who, like me, have not gone through any extensive campaigning or selection process specific to the NRA Elections. It is very unlikely that anyone will get enough Write-In Votes to win one of the three year seats. The 76th Seat on the Board is a one year term and is handled a bit differently. The 76th Seat is voted on attendees of the NRA Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting will be in Indianapolis, IN on the last weekend in April. Quite often, the 76th Seat has been where those who were unsuccessful in their bid to win a 3 year seat end up running a second campaign. I am choosing to run for this 76th Seat directly, but, as it turns out, I need to demonstrate that I have support  with a solid showing in the Write-Ins in order to qualify to be part of the voting at the NRA Annual Meeting.

2. Why do you want to be on the NRA Board of Directors?

This question has been asked in a few different ways: Inquisitive Sincerity, Challenge and Incredulousness. Some people just want to here the simple answer, others may feel that it is strange that I am putting myself into this position and some people think that, even if it were to win, it is a colossal waste of my  (already thinly stretched) time. To all of them, I submit the following answer:

I believe that a position on the NRA Board of Directors will allow me to do more to promote our firearms ownership rights and responsibilities!

It is, honestly, not any more complicated than that. I’m going to keep doing what I do:

  • Training people interested in Defensive Shooting
  • Educating people in all areas of Personal Defense
  • Developing Instructors who wish to Teach Others
  • Encouraging Members of the Firearms Community to meet their Responsibilities as Gun Owners
  • Educating the Middle Ground in America about Firearms Rights & Responsibilities.
  • Debating, and in many cases Correcting, the actions and assertions of those who are “Anit-Gun”in our Country.

I think it should be pretty clear how my ability to do most of those things can be enhanced by being a member of the NRA BoD. Ultimately, it is the last three items that will be most improved with a position on the board. I will be able to reach more people and, possibly, effect more change and positive movement. If elected, I would also do what I could to make the organization itself more responsive to the issue that I care most about in our community: Training, Education and Educating America’s Middle Ground on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms and what it means to be a Responsible Firearms Owner. Until I am on the board, I have  little idea what good I might be able to do internally, but I strongly believe that I can have a greater impact on the community and country at large. I have spoken to many people who currently serve on the board and some who have previously been there. I have heard a great deal of mixed opinion about exactly what an NRA Board Member can do, should do and what they have felt the value of their position and the contributions that have come from their positions are. I am confident that I am making the right choice for the right reasons. I submit to you my track record as a Gun Rights Advocate, my Passion for Firearms Education and Responsibility and the (almost 20 year) history I have in the Industry and Firearms Community.

  • I have been a shooter for basically all of my life and a gun owner for most of it.
  • I’ve worked in just about every aspect of the firearms industry: Training, Education, Media, Retail, Marketing, Sales, Event Organization and Manufacturing.
  • I’ve worked with many of the leaders in the industry, including many NRA Board Members, and most of the major companies at one time or another and am proud to count much of the industry leadership as friends and peers in one of America’s most important and unique sectors.
  • I have taught or spoken at conferences, on ranges and in classrooms around the country for over a decade and I spend about 300 days a year on the road doing it.
  • I have been constant contributor to the conversation about firearms rights in our community and in the general media since the late 1990’s.
  • In the 2013 alone, I participated in over 100 Radio call-in interviews  around the country on the topics of Firearms Rights and/or Personal Defense ((non-firearms talk or news programs,many of which are listed below) and made many appearances on Firearms Community radio shows and podcasts, including regular appearances on Armed American Radio.

I want to be an NRA Board of Director so that I can do more of what I already do.

3. How do I support you / vote for you?

This has been the BEST thing that people have said in response to my announcement and I sincerely thank each and every one of you, voting member or not, who have let me know that you support and appreciate my efforts!

-If You ARE a Voting Member and you still have your Ballot for the NRA BoD:

Simply write “Rob Pincus, Bexley Ohio” in on the write in portion of the ballot, as pictured in this blog. Follow the rest of the guidelines and send the ballot in by April 6th!

-If you ARE a Voting Member and you do not have your Ballot:

This is a little trickier. Paul Carlson of Safety Solutions Academy has outline the steps (and written a generous endorsement, which I greatly appreciate). Check it out HERE! Or, simply contact the NRA.

-If you are not a voting member or have already sent in your ballot:  Please Spread the Word to anyone in the community who may be a voter or know one!

After that, if the write in campaign to get on the ballot at the actual NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis is Successful, I will be putting the call out for as many supporters as possible to attend the NRAAM and cast their vote for me to proudly take the 76th Seat on the BoD!

Thank you for your consideration of my run for the NRA Board!

-Rob Pincus

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Some of the Media that I participated in during 2013 to promote Gun Rights & Responsibilities:

-KPRL
San Luis Obispo, CA
-Michigan’s Morning Show
Hosts:  Steve Gruber & Jo Anne Paul
14 Stations Across MI
-Bulldog and The Rude Awakening Show
WOCM-FM
Ocean City, MD & Connecticut
-Bulldog Live
WTPL 107.7FM “The Pulse”
Concord, NH
-Jim Bohannon Show Nationally Syndicated on 500+ Stations
-Talk Radio 850 WPTF
Raleigh-Durham, NC
-WHAM
Rochester, NY
-Ottawa’s Alternative Rock
LiVE 88.5
-The Josh Tolley Show
Nationally Syndicated
-Reality Radio Media
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
-America’s Radio News Network
Nationally Syndicated on 500 Stations
-KUT
Austin, TX
-Host James Lowe
KJAG (AZ) Talk Radio 1650 (TX)
KTRX 9TX0 KGGG (KS)
KVOB (KS) KZUH (ks)
-Birmingham’s Morning News WERC
Birmingham, AL
-AM730 Morning Show
Albuquerque, NM
-Price of Business on KTEK 1110 AM
Wall Street Radio Network
-WPTF
Raleigh-Durham, NC
-WOND 1400 AM
Atlantic City, NJ
-REVOLUTION RADIO
Charlotte, NC
-Buy Back America
Host Tim Aalders
KTTK Radio and on KPDR TV Channel 19
Salt Lake City UT
-Sex and Politics Show
1090am WBCR
Brooklyn, NY
-The Vinnie Penn Project
960 WELI AM
Hartford, CT
-Steve Crowley’s American Scene
Nationally Syndicated
-KSWM – AM 940
SW Missouri
-Radio America/WND.com
-Charles Butler Show
Chicago, IL
-WWNN-WSBR
Boca Raton FL
-THE MATWORLD,SHOW
WOND 1400 am
Atlantic city nj
-99.9FM WXJB/1450AM WWJB
BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA
-Mark Cope
KXYL
Brownwood, TX
-The Larry Elder Show
KABC Talkradio 790 KABC-AM
-99.9 – FM WXJB –   1450 – AM WWJB
BROOKSVILLE, FLORIDA
-Rock House Style
National Radio Show
-The Barry Morgan Show
CJAD 800 Radio
Quebec, Canada
-America In The Morning, Syndicated on 500+ Stations

-WXLM News Talk 980 AM
Groton, CT -KXLO KLCM Radio
Lewistown, MT-BGE Presents
Atlanta, GA-News Talk 570 WKBN
Clear Channel Media & Entertainment-96.3 K-TWIN
Minneapolis, Minnesota-Clear Channel Radio
New Orleans-Marie Claire -WBZW
Orlando, FL-Thom Hartmann Radio
Nationally Syndicated   -Roy Green Show
Nationally on the Corus Radio Network-WDTK
Detroit, MI -WNRR 1380
N Augusta, SC-560 WIND
Chicago, IL-Straight Talk 106.9fm
London Ontario-The Ed Tyll Show
Nationally Syndicated -WTPL 107.7FM “The Pulse”
Concord, NH -Health, Wealth & Wisdom
1470AM WMGG
Tampa Bay, FL-KELE 92.5 The Grove
Mountain Grove, MO -News Radio 680 WPTF | North Carolina News Network -The Morning Drive 850 WPTF

Raleigh-Durham, NC -105.9 WLNI -FM
Lynchburg, VA-Maria Sanchez Show
Nationally Syndicated-WFSX Fox News 92.5
Fort Myers, FL -KPFK 90.7
Los Angeles, CA-Roy Green Show
Nationally on the Corus Radio Network-The Matthew Brower Show
Nationally Syndicated-WCRS Radio
Greenwood, SC-Human Events
www.humanevents.com’-Hudson Valley Focus Live’
1450 AM WKIP
Clear Channel Hudson Valley-Maggie Linton Show
SiriusXM – Channel 110
Washington, DC-The James Lowe Show
Atlanta, GA + Syndicated-Rusty Humphries-First News with Keeler in the Morning
WIBX 950 AM
Utica, NY    -Pittsburgh Now
WPXI, Pittsburgh Cable News-Leiberman Live
SiriusXM Howard 101
National-WOCA 1370am/96.3FM
Ocala, FL

 

  1. judson miers says:

    Rob is a stalwart of the firearms industry and our personal freedoms, and I would very much like to see him on the NBA BoD.

  2. Louis Lafleur says:

    I will support Rob Pincus on the ballot for the 76th Board of Director seat. We need more people such as Rob to set a good example, empower others, and defend the 2nd amendment.

  3. Chris Waddell says:

    Keep up the hard work. Our gun rights are very important for our Liberty & our Country. Thank you & God speed, Chris

  4. Sher Khan says:

    My wife, my three sons, and myself are all NRA Life members. We have benefited greatly from Rob Pincus’ teaching, posts, and videos. He will be an asset to the NRA Board of Directors. We have all written him in for the ballot, and recommend others to do so as well.

  5. Tom Allen says:

    Grew up with your mother, am an NRA member and have promised to vote for you. I will read the above carefully and unless I think you are really off the edge I will do as told. Don’t fight with the ladies son. All the best TA

  6. Lenny Piazza says:

    I wholeheartedly support Rob Pincus for the NRA seat. You go Ron!

    Lenny Piazza
    Gun Training USA
    Colorado Springs, CO

  7. JACK SMITH says:

    I have been a member of NRA and to the best of my knowledge I have never receive a Ballot. I believe in what Rob is doing and giving of himself to the Firearms community, and would like to endorse him and submit his name on the write-in.How do I get the ballot? anyone?

  8. Joe Dozpat says:

    I totally support Rob Pincus for the NRA’s 76TH Board of Directors seat. The Second Amendment support is vital to our constitution !

  9. CHARLES L HIGHT/ LIFETIME NRA MEMBER says:

    ROB IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF PERSON I WANT ON THE NRA BOARD. A RESPONSIBLE GUN OWNER WHO UNDERSTANS OUR RIGHT UNDER THE 2ND ADMENDENT. HE IS LEVEL HEADED AND UNDERSTANDS THAT THE US GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO TURN OUR SOCIETY FROM A DEMOCRACY TO A DICTATORSHIP. AND WE CAN THANK BARACK OBAMA FOR THAT. HE IS A MUSLUM TRYING TO RUIN OUR CHRISTIAN HERITAGE AND THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES THAT OUR FORE FATHERS FOUGHT FOR. PLEASE ELECT HIM TO SEAT 76.

  10. Virginia Boll says:

    I support Rob Pincus for NRA board membership. As of today, 3/14/14, I have not received a ballot from the NRA but will check it out and write Rob in.
    Camarillo, Ca

  11. Kenneth W. Rock says:

    I support Rob Pincus 100% on his efforts to be on the NRA board! Anything I can do as an NRA member,let me know!

  12. Dale Draper says:

    I am a 72 year old gun owner from Utah. I fully support Rob Picas for a NRA Board of directors. I have seen time changes in my lifetime some good some questionable. There are many people out there who do not understand what will happen if our Right to own and bere arems is taken away or even put under tight Govt controls. Rob pincas has my full support for defending our Rights to here arms.

  13. Clarence Love says:

    I think Rob would be a great addition to the NRA BoD. I’ ve purchased several of his training DVD in the past and he knows his stuff. Good luck Rob.

  14. John Gibbons says:

    I totally support Ron for the 76 seat on the NRA board of directors. We need all the help we can get & I believe Ron will serve us well. Shame on those who are trying to undo everything our forefathers did for us so we can enjoy the freedom they fought & died for. How quickly we forget! A the old saying goes,”you don’t miss your water till the well runs dry”!

  15. John Gibbons says:

    I totally support Ron for the 76 seat on the NRA board of directors. We need all the help we can get & I believe Ron will serve us well. Shame on those who are trying to undo everything our forefathers did for us so we can enjoy the freedom they fought & died for. How quickly we forget! As the old saying goes,”you don’t miss your water till the well runs dry”!

  16. Robert Taylor says:

    I am an NRA qualified instructor. A TCOLE instructor, a Private Security Commissioned Lieutenant, and a Retired Army Infantry First Sergeant with more than 23 years of active duty and five combat deployments. I support Rob.

  17. Charles W Elliott says:

    Rob Pincus is the man for the job. Take him seriously because he speaks for all of us. Go Rob go

  18. Don Jensen says:

    I fully support Rob Pincus for the 76th seat on the NRA Board of Directors. I have read a lot about his superior abilities and we need people with their own spine these days. Go Rob go!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Scott H Leininger says:

    I believe Rob Pincus would be an excellent person to select for the NRA Board of Directors. Good luck Rob!

  20. Mark Beuerle says:

    Rob would be a great asset to the NRA. The NRA already uses Rob’s defense techniques in their videos, so they are aware of his expertise.

  21. Paul DeSantis, LtCol USMC Retired says:

    Question for Ron Pincus: Are you for or against required training before a US citizen is allowed to exercise the right to keep and bear arms? As a Life Member of the NRA, I am sick of anyone, including the NRA, that supports any condition on a constitutional right. Any condition, turns the right into a privilege. Rights can only be lost by a court order following Constitution rules.

  22. James M Stone says:

    I support Rob Pincus for the NRA BoD. I think he will make a great member and wish him the best luck!

  23. Anthony L. Belluscio says:

    I’ve been following Rob Pincus and his teachings for a number of years. I believe him to be an asset to the NRA .I support him for the 76 th seat on the NRA’s Board of Directors .

  24. Dennis Grace says:

    Rob Pincus has my support/vote. Maybe he ought to run for President of the United States so we can get this right from the top down…. Go Rob!

  25. John Janas says:

    I support Rob Pincus 100% for NRA Board of Directors. His experience in law enforcement and practical hand gun training and concealed carry would provide immense value and direction to the NRA and its members.

  26. James M Campolieto says:

    I believe Ron Pincushion should be added to the NRA Board Ballot. I have already voted, as I am a Patron Member, but my son, who is a Life Member, will write in his name.

  27. James Marshall says:

    I have taken the Combat Focus Shooting class designed by Rob. His experience would provide immense value and direction to the NRA. He needs to be on the ballot!

  28. Joe Thomas says:

    I almost never recommend anyone but Rob is an exception. I support him for the 76th seat and wish all the best of luck.

  29. Sandra F. Rodenberger says:

    we need to get this country back as fast as we can and preserve our rights. without our guns we loose control of our freedom.

  30. Tyler Furrie says:

    If the USCCA supports Rob Pincus, then Ty Furrie knows he is a worthy man to carry the banner for the 2nd Ammendment as the 76th seat of the NRA Board of Directors. Rob Pincus has my support!

  31. Vernon Lewellen says:

    I have taken many Combat Focus Shooting Courses from ROB PINCUS. He is the BEST and is certainly qualified and is needed to be on the 76th seat on the NRA Board. He has my vote and full support.

  32. Dick & Dimone Gabler says:

    Please add Rob Pincus to the ballot. We need all the support we can get to continue to have our freedom to bear arms as we were guaranteed by our forefathers.

  33. Murray Lampert says:

    I am 61 years old and an American citizen currently living in Canada. Both my son and I are LIFE members of the NRA; it was a stretch to make that payment but necessary IMHO. Never before in history have our rights as citizens of the United States of America been under attack as they are now. During times in battle in MY lifetime we faced opposition of men/women mostly in uniform and mostly with guns aimed at us – today we are faced with evil men/women who are NOT in uniform (leaving their motives open for debate) who do NOT face us with guns but who face us with PENS. Make no mistake that they are just as dangerous as the former and unless we do SOMETHING to protect our common law rights and our Constitutional rights and our God-given freedoms, they WILL be taken from us (and make no mistake about this). I used to type a practice line when I was way back in high school and taking typing classes that went something like this: “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the country”. Today, about fifty years later, I understand what I was typing. There are those that truly believe confiscation of all firearms is a valid answer and those (the majority) that are either undecided or indifferent. And then there is US. WE THE PEOPLE. Yes, WE THE PEOPLE. If you want to be one of “WE THE PEOPLE” it is time to stand up and be counted. To pay back (forward) for all of our family and friends who, over the years, made the SUPREME sacrifice in support of our rights and freedoms because they believed in freedom and in a Constitution that helped to guarantee those freedoms. Now is YOUR time to stand up and be counted. To fight for your freedoms, whatever it takes. Orwell’s time is upon us. Big Brother is listening (illegally), and exercising powers that they do not possess but want the masses to believe they possess. “The right of the People to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. Make no mistake in that our founding fathers KNEW the meaning of this amendment to the Constitution. It was not meant to have a constantly ready standing milita…. it was meant so that common decent folk like you and I had the TOOLS to defend our life, property and liberty against those that would take it away, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC and including our legislators and government. Just ask the good folk of England, Australia, etc., how safe they feel at night in their homes. We have family over there and they sleep with three (3) sets of heavy doors between themselves and the outside of their home. They know that when it comes down to it only they themselves are able to protect themselves. The police don’t hurry to gun calls in England and the UK these days. It’s dangerous. And it can be quite time consuming (i.e. arrival with chalk rather than a gun is more appropriate). Let us not entertain sheer folly at this critical time in our history. Freedom is not free. Remember that.
    Why have neither my son nor I received a ballot as of yet for the upcoming election?

    • Murray Lampert says:

      Rob Pincus: If there is ANY way that my son and I are able to support your venture please count us in. There are many good candidates, to be sure, but it is not often that we find a candidate who has experienced many facets of firearms and has an outstanding handle on same. I am tired of trying to keep track of where my Concealed Carry Permits (et. al.) are valid, pulling over to the side of the road and disarming while driving through a particular state, etc. It is time for a national reciprocity law. Good in one state, with training, a thogough background check and a permit? Good in ALL states of the union. What the heck is going on here?

  34. Edward R. DeMore says:

    I believe that adding Rob Pincus to the NRA board would be a big asset to the NRA, and it’s members!
    Ed DeMore (USCCA member)

  35. Gary Bird says:

    Rob Pincus is the man for the job on the NRA board because he believes in less government and stronger independence on self and the teachings of Rob and others who cherish “FREEDOM”. Please put his name on the ballot for the NRA Board !!

  36. C. Jesclard says:

    Please add Rob Pincus name to the NRA BoD ballot. Rob would be a great asset to the NRA and all it’s members.

  37. C. Jesclard says:

    Please add Rob Pincus to the NRA BoD ballot. Rob would be a great asset to the NRA and it’s membership.

  38. johnny farris says:

    I believe Rob Pincus is very dedicated to responsible gun ownership and is a very motivated individual just by his list of accomplishments. Please consider him in the 76 seat for the NRA.

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  40. Andy Brown says:

    Rob,
    My friend Mas Ayoob endorsed you and I agree with your positions on the 2nd Ammendment. I am a life member of the NRA and voted for you as a write in. My ballot is in the mail. Good luck to you and keep up the fight.

    Stay Aware, Stay Safe.

    Andy Brown
    http://www.fairchildhospitalshooting.com

  41. John BnORFOLK says:

    Question? Where do I a ballot to vote and how do I go about voting. Yes I am a member but I have never been ask to vote on people who have been on the board. I didn’t realize that the NRA even had a voting board.
    So where do I get a ballot? To Vote and where can I write it in.
    Thank You
    John

    • Rob Pincus says:

      Thanks for the support! Either contact the NRA directly or follow the link in the article above to the Safety Solutions Academy article on getting a new ballot!

  42. Mike Thompson says:

    I have benefitted greatly from Rob’s teachings on PDN. We need people like Rob Pincus to stand up for our 2nd Amendment Rights. Please add him to the ballot.

  43. JOHN L JENKS says:

    Just from reading Rob Pincus resume, I doubt that anyone could be more qualified to be on the NRA board of directors!

  44. Kevin Scan says:

    Our family supports Rob Pincus for 76th seat
    on the NRA Board. “For all you do this vote
    is for you”,Rob.
    BE PREPARED/TRAIN HARD/THINK

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