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The Socialist Rifle Association (SRA) is an American socialist firearm organization that is dedicated to "providing working class people the information they need to be effectively armed for self and community defense". The group advocates for a left-wing advocacy for Second Amendment gun-rights.
The Socialist Rifle Association was initially created as a Facebook page in 2013, as something of a joke. As time went on, supporters decided to make it a reality, and incorporated as a limited liability company in New Mexico. On 10 October 2018, the Socialist Rifle Association Inc. was founded in Kansas under the 501(c)(4) tax code provision. On 16 October 2018, a merger agreement was agreed between the two extant SRA nonprofits.
Individuals associated with an unrelated community Facebook page calling itself the SRA attended the Unite the Right rally and were subsequently sued for their involvement. In October 2018, the city of Charlottesville filed a lawsuit against twenty five groups and individuals for alleged paramilitary activity based on a recently adopted state statute. In addition to several white supremacist figures and organizations such as the Traditionalist Worker Party, League of the South and Jason Kessler, the lawsuit also listed two anti-racist groups, the original SRA group and the left-wing gun group Redneck Revolt. The original SRA Facebook page no longer exists, suggesting it has been taken down by Facebook's moderators.
On September 15, 2018, the SRA delivered food and other supplies to the Augusta Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church and Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in northern Georgia. These locations served as hurricane shelters for those fleeing Hurricane Florence.
In response to the landfall of the category 5 Hurricane Michael in 2018 and the perceived inadequate response of FEMA, the SRA and the Tallahassee branches of the DSA and the PSL formed the Hurricane Michael Mutual Aid project which sought to distribute direct relief to those in need, including those who were unable to receive FEMA relief due to their undocumented status.
On August 29, 2019, the SRA began a fundraiser under the new organizational name "SRAid" for Hurricane Dorian disaster relief. On September 5, the SRA announced it had several volunteers staging equipment on the east coast in preparation for supply deliveries to underserved communities in Charleston, SC, Wilmington, NC, and the Lumbee Tribe in Robeson County, NC.
A third of the SRA's 2,000 members identify as LGBTQ and 8 percent are transgender. The SRA has 52 local chapters operating in 33 states. The organization is headed by the Central Committee of the SRA which consists of seven members that are elected democratically by all members.
The SRA describes the goal of their organization as "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". The group describes itself as "working class, progressive, anarchist, socialist, communist, eco-warrior, animal liberator, anti-fascist, anti-racist, anti-capitalist, PoC, LGBTQ-plus".
Membership of the SRA is predicated on the acceptance of particular points of unity:
A third of the Socialist Rifle Association’s 2,000 members identify as LGBTQ, and 8 percent are transgender.