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History of gun rights groups to be outlined at Dorie Miller meeting

Joseph Tartaro, president of the Second Amendment Foundation, will discuss the history of gun rights organizations – including African-Americans' history with guns – at a meeting of the Dorie Miller Rifle and Pistol Club at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave.

Tartaro will explain how the National Rifle Association began, how it changed over time, and its two components, one focused on training, competition, education and safety and the other focused on political activity. He also will discuss the National Shooting Sports Foundation and other organizations.

The club is named for Miller, the black messman barred from combat roles in a segregated Navy who nevertheless manned an anti-aircraft gun and shot down Japanese planes at Pearl Harbor, earning the Navy Cross. Wednesday's meeting is open to the public.

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