EXCLUSIVE: Friends Of NRA To Hold Fundraiser In Brooklyn

BOROUGH PARK/BENSONHURST  It’s fundraising time for the NRA, and they’re making their usual rounds—among them, Southern Brooklyn.

Signs posted outside of a Brooklyn eatery show the fundraising arm of the NRA (National Rifle Associaton) Foundation is having an event at the Rex Manor Catering Hall which sits at the border of Borough Park and Bensonhurst. While the annual fundraiser isn’t listed on their website, the sign indicates the event is to be held at 6:30 pm on April 25. The venue also confirmed.

The event includes dinner, raffles and an auction. At least two guns are listed under “Guns and Prizes,” including the group’s “Gun of the Year,” a Sig Sauer P210 American Standard 9mm pistol.

Friends of NRA invitation to a fundraiser in Borough Park, Brooklyn. (Photo credit: Carmen Molina-Tamacas)
Friends of NRA invitation to a fundraiser in Borough Park, Brooklyn. (Photo credit: Carmen Molina-Tamacas)

This marks the third annual Brooklyn event of the NRA affiliate. News of last year’s plans to fundraise stoked anger from some anti-gun and sensible-gun law advocates.

Last year,  the group switched venues twice amid protest from residents and lawmakers. Two restaurants, Gargiulo’s and Grand Prospect Hall, flip-flopped on their decision to host the clubs annual fundraiser following a public outcry.

Despite resistance from activists and local lawmakers, the group quietly rescheduled the event at the Dyker Heights Knights of Columbus. On April 26, attendees entered the columned-lined entryway in front of a small crowd of anti-gun protesters, both groups taunting the other.

Undeterred by protesters, gun-supporters argued their First Amendment guarantees them a right to assemble. The signage promoting this event touts another Constitutional Amendment.

“Gather second Amendment supporters in your community and attend your local Friends of NRA event,” reads the poster.

The announcement comes days after a suspected white supremacist shot and killed 49 Muslims at two New Zealand mosques.  Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern banned the sale of “military-style” guns in New Zealand following the massacre.

Last year, a gunman and former student murdered 17 students in Parkland, FL. No new gun legislation resulted on the federal level. Nearly half the states responded with at least one piece of new gun legislation, according to a New York Times article. There was no new gun legislation on the federal level, however.

Councilman Kalman Yeger, whose district includes Rex Manor, did not respond to requests before post time.

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Kadia Goba

Former Politics Reporter for Bklyner, covering Brooklyn politics and Crown Heights/PLG/Bed Stuy. @kadiagoba


  1. I have a better ending. The dinner was announced just days after Gov. Bevin signed a bill that made Kentucky the 16th state to enact “Constitunal Carry.” Unlike in New York City where only the rich or politically connect are able to protect themselves, Constitutional carry is a common sense measure that allows all law-abiding citizens without reguard to their race, religion, political affiliation, wealth or sexual orientation to exercise their fundamental right of self-protection in the manner that best suits their needs and recognizes the 2nd Amendment as the only license law-abiding citizens need to be able defend themselves.
    All of the funds raised at the dinner are used to promote gun safety programs and to support local clubs and organizations. None of the money raised is allowed to be used for political purposes.

  2. NYC is the LAST place to be fundraising weapons of mass destruction! We are sensible here. The nra can fuck off somewhere else.

  3. @George:
    Firearm Deaths per 100,000 people in KY: 17.7 compared to NY: 4.4.
    Enough said.

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