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The Story of America Through Firearms

Learn the history of America's heritage this holiday weekend at the NRA National Firearms Museum

By: Kyle Jillson,


FAIRFAX, VA - Two hundred thirty seven years ago this Thursday, Great Britain's thirteen American colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence. No longer regarding themselves a part of the British Empire, the newly independent states formed a new nation — the United States of America. From that moment forward, Americans have observed July 4 as Independence Day.

Independence did not come easy to the United States, who won its sovereignty after eight years of war with the Kingdom of Great Britain. Firearms played an integral role in winning the United States' freedom and their use would go on to help weave the story of our great country as it expanded and became a world superpower.

The NRA National Firearms Museum here in Fairfax, Virginia beautifully teaches how six hundred years of firearms history shaped America through more than 2,700 firearms showcased in 15 galleries. Within the museum you can explore some of America's most significant firearm treasures as they come alive through dioramas and interpretive displays.

And good news, the National Firearms Museum is open to the public this Independence Day.

"What better way to celebrate the 4th of July than stopping by the National Firearms Museum," said Museum Director Jim Supica. "Our exhibits tell the story of America through firearms, from the day our forefathers proclaimed they would no longer be ruled by the King of England to the battles of our Armed Forces in the 21st century."

Accommodating for groups large and small, the NRA Museum is a perfect passageway for families, friends and all to learn more about one of America's essential building blocks and those who defended us all in battle.

Stop by this holiday weekend and experience a lesson in heritage you'll never forget.

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