The Socialist Rifle Association is an educational organization dedicated to providing working class people the information they need to be effectively armed for self and community defense. Our goal is also to provide an alternative to the predominantly white, Christian, right wing, male gun culture which has dominated the firearms community for decades. We seek to provide a safe, inclusive, and left-leaning platform for talking about gun rights and self defense, free from racist and reactionary prejudices.
Our members produce quality manuals and guides for teaching firearms safety, marksmanship, history, and mechanics; as well as unarmed self defense, cyber security, emergency medical care, disaster relief, bushcraft, and hunting. Our local chapters will provide in-person training and workshops, using individual members' skills to help address the needs of their community. We also encourage members to pursue certification and outside training in EMT and disaster relief, so they can provide critical services to their community in bad times.
If you are any of the following: working class, progressive, anarchist, socialist, communist, eco-warrior, animal liberator, anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, PoC, LGBTQ+, or anyone else who is interested in learning about firearms and modern self defense -- YOU are invited to join the Socialist Rifle Association today!
Q: Are you a militia?
A: We encourage our members to oppose fascism in all its forms, and we stand in solidarity with our comrades who engage in direct actions against fascist organization. However, we are not a militia and we do not condone our members engaging in violence on our behalf. We believe the best way for our organization to oppose fascism is through education, training, and community building.
Q: Do you own the Socialist Rifle Association?
A: The Socialist Rifle Association is owned by every worker! We support the use of every means available to organize on behalf of the working class' right to bear arms. As long as you or your group aren't working against our stated goals or making efforts to undermine ours, we welcome you to be a part of the Socialist Rifle Association!
Q: How do I join?
A: We have a membership application on our website. We will then try to put you in touch with other members in your region to form local chapters. Or if a chapter already exists in your region you can contact them to join directly. https://www.socialistra.org/membership/
Q: What if there are no chapters near me. What can I do?
A: If there is no existing chapter in your area, you will be assigned to a new "stump" chapter. If other people from your area also join, they will be assigned to your chapter. We will provide a forum or other means of communication to help you get in contact, meet up, and help your build your chapter.
Q: Where do my $25 dues go?
A: Currently, mostly overhead administrative costs such as payment for the web hosting server. Supplies for printing cards, patches, buttons, and other merchandise for membership packs have also been factored into the cost. We operate as a not-for-profit organization. Any funds collected from membership dues or merchandise sales will be reinvested into the organization.
Q: You charge money for membership? Doesn’t that mean you are some kind of business?
A: The Socialist Rifle Association has organized a limited liability company to handle membership dues and overhead costs. The LLC was established to facilitate legal and financial matters that are not well serviced on an individual sole proprietor basis. It is a legal entity that provides the framework to be able to collect dues, distribute merchandise, and pay taxes on funds collected, as well as conduct other matters of the legal and banking nature within the state capitalist paradigm we exist under. It is currently owned by several of the main organizers, but we plan to eventually transfer control to the collective organization of the chapters themselves as soon as possible.
Q: But wait, you should only need ten or twenty membership pledges to fund a website. Where is the rest of that money going?
A: All profit from membership dues or merchandise sales will be reinvested into the organization: legal costs, advertising, training certifications, equipment for making agitprop and merch, etc. We plan to release a quarterly financial transparency report to inform members on how their dues are being spent.
Q: What about my credit card information? What if you get hacked and my info gets stolen?
A: The SRA does not see your financial information at any point in the membership process. All financial transactions are handled by Stripe, a commercial online payment processor. Your credit card information is sent to Stripe using an encrypted tokenized system, and the only information visible to us is the last 4 digits of your credit card number. If you're still concerned, you can pay using a one-time-use prepaid debit card.
Q: What about my personal information like name and location? How will you stop it from getting into the hands of fascists or other dangerous people?
A: We are handling membership on a secure computer system and later storing it offline in a secure place after destroying the online data.
Q: What about the feds? I don't want the ATF or FBI to have my name on file.
A: As a US-based organization we are subject to federal law, and if served with a valid court order or national security letter we will have to turn over whatever info they ask for. That being said, no one said you have to enter your real name. As long as you list a valid mailing address for your membership card and let us know what city you're in so we can hook you up with your local chapter, we don't care what alias you go by. As an addendum, all membership data is encrypted via AES-256 and purged once processed. In the case of a subpoena, there would be no membership data for us to hand over to authorities. There is also a warrant canary at the bottom of every page.