The NRA Foundation gave $458,785 in grants to North Carolina schools, police departments, gun clubs, and Boy Scouts chapters, according to a 2016 report last year from the organization.
The grants, among other things, support shooting programs for youth across the country. The report is light on details about the grants except to say that the funding goes toward “firearms and safety-related public service programs in our communities, including firearms education, training, and safety; competitive shooting; hunting and conservation; community outreach; range improvement projects; historical education; and general shooting programs.”
One of last year’s many grant recipients was the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program. According to the Associated Press, the alleged gunman behind the mass shooting at a Florida high school last week, Nikolas Cruz, was a member of the Stoneman Douglass JROTC program. A fellow teammate told the AP Cruz was “a very good shot” and “had an AR-15 he talked about, and pistols he had shot. … He would tell us, ‘Oh, it was so fun to shoot this rifle’ or ‘It was so fun to shoot that.’ It seemed almost therapeutic to him, the way he spoke about it.”
The NRA Foundation’s report provides a breakdown by state of clubs, schools, and other associations that received the grant funding. North Carolina ranks in the top ten of states awarded the most money. The majority of the $458,785 the state received in funding went to schools. To see a full list of the grant recipients, you can read the report below.