The National African American Gun Association (NAAGA) will host the first African American Firearm Convention in U.S. history. The inaugural convention has been scheduled for Aug. 20 – 22, 2021 in Atlanta.

The Convention program will focus on topics including firearms etiquette, training, products, gun culture, education, safety, and the Politics of Firearms in the Black Community. Registration for the inaugural convention is open now.

“The backbone of the National African American Gun Association is comprised of blue-collar folks who believe in our organization,” said Philip Smith, founder, and president of NAAGA. “Do we have movie stars and professionals as members, NBA, and NFL players? Yes! But the average working person is our typical member; we are here for our community.”

The National African American Gun Association is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit association headquartered in Griffin, Georgia. It is a firearm association aimed at aiding the education and promotion of gun ownership to all Black Americans.

The organization centers its education, concerns, and training around the Black community.  People of all religious, social, and racial perspectives are welcomed to join.

Founded in 2015, the organization is comprised of over 30,000 members and 125 chapters nationwide. On average, 1,000 new members are joining nearly every month. It is, by far, the largest Black Gun association in America with over 60 percent of the members being African American women.

When you join the National African American Gun Association, “You are not the first Black person to grab a gun nor will you be the last… you belong to a long legacy of African Americans that came before you and made the ultimate sacrifice so that you can be here today,” Smith said.

To cover the breadth of this historic event, the Conference will be held at the Georgia International Convention Center, over a three-day period. Each day will focus on different facets of Black American gun ownership.

With the 2021 theme being “We Are Family,” Smith said the convention is designed to bring together attendees representing our 30,000-plus membership community.

The inaugural Convention is scheduled to take place over the span of three days:

  • Commencing on Friday, Aug. 20 will be a national shooting competition. It will include 40 – 50 conference participants as they compete for national bragging rights during this meet and greet activity, set to take place at Stoddard’s Gun Range.
  • On Day two, Saturday, Aug. 21, the convention officially kicks off with the Opening Ceremony, Black Tradition of Arms presentation, Keynote Speakers, and Firearms Educational sessions. These activities will take place in the Georgia International Convention Center.
  • Highlights will include remarks by Philip Smith; Nicholas Johnson, author, and professor; Akinyele Umoj, educator, activist and author; Tiffany Johnson, attorney, and firearm trainer; and Charles Cobb, Jr., organizer, agitator and writer. Plus, there will also be a plethora of entertainment and education sessions throughout the day.
  • On day three, Sunday, Aug. 22, conference organizers have dedicated the day to focus on the chapters nationwide. Key topics will range from managing the business and finance of the chapters to membership recruitment tactics, policies and procedures, community engagement, and more. Additionally, several sessions will be dedicated to the NAAGA Emergency Support Team (NEST) a growing connected self-sufficient community.

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More African AMericans are embracing the Second Amendment. (Photo: Seth Herald / Getty Images)

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