The Socialist Rifle Association is an educational organization dedicated to providing the working class with the information they need to be effectively armed for self and community defense. This includes all manner of community defense, from the right of the working class to possess firearms to the ability to be well versed in the fields of medicine, disaster relief, logistics, agriculture, and survival skills. Our goal is to provide an alternate to the mainstream, toxic, right-wing, and non-inclusive gun culture that 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, while providing a platform for the working class to obtain the skills necessary for all aspects of community defense.
Our members produce quality manuals and guides for teaching firearms safety, marksmanship, history, and mechanics; as well as unarmed self defense, emergency medical care, disaster relief, 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 a not-for-profit 501(c)(4) corporation in the State of Kansas. It is "owned" by no one and is governed by its bylaws. Every dues paying member is a voting member and can vote on changes to the bylaws and the central committee that handles the affairs of the organization.
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. Click here to submit a membership application.
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 you build your chapter.
Q: Where do my $25 dues go?
A: Administrative costs such as the website, filing fees, purchasing merchandise for resell, and providing services to our members such as sponsoring members to become firearms and first aid instructors that in turn provide subsidized classes for working class individuals. As a not-for-profit, all excess "profits" are 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 is a not-for-profit 501(c)(4), is bound to benefit the "social welfare of the greater community," and is ultimately responsible to its members.
Q: If you're a nonprofit, can I deduct dues and/or donations from my taxes?
A: Unfortunately, no, not at this time. IRS regulations prevent dues and contributions to a 501(c)(4) from being deducted on personal tax returns. It is a goal to create a 501(c)(3) subsidiary in the same vein as the ACLU, NRA, and DSA have, at which point contributions to the 501(c)(3) would be tax deductible.
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 storing it as is consistent with recognized security and legal requirements. When signing up, you have the option to select if you want to have your address stored after paying dues: this is to assist with best practices in the event of an IRS audit. You may decline this so that our records show that you chose not to keep your address on file. Unfortunately it is a requirement of the IRS that if you contribute a donation to the organization, we must keep your address on file for an audit. We have been advised that dues are not considered donations, but that keeping good records is always a smart idea. If you choose to donate, your donation is not revealed to the public as of July 2018 per the Treasury Department.
Q: What about the feds? I don't want the FBI to have my name on file.
A: As a US-based organization we are subject to federal law. We will actively fight any attempt to subpoena or otherwise acquire any user information or logs, but 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, you are permitted to use an alias when signing up. 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 name you go by. We will always attempt to keep as little information as is necessary for the function of the organization and legal requirements, and all information is AES-256 encrypted. There is also a warrant canary updated quarterly located here .