Hello! For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Adam Kraut, and I’m running for election to the NRA Board of Directors. While I was not successful in my bid last year, I met numerous individuals along the way who continue to support my attempts to be elected and the message I bring. Having heard the stories of people joining as life members simply so they could cast a ballot for me last year, I ran for the 76th Board Seat in April of 2017 at the NRA Annual Meeting. While I ended up shy by a mere 60 votes, after increasing the number of members who voted by nearly 800 from the year prior, it was apparent to me that I could not just throw in the towel. I originally decided to run for the Board because I believed that the NRA needs the next generation of Second Amendment Advocates to become involved in the direction of the organization. I still believe that to be true today.
I reside in the great state of Pennsylvania, the Keystone state, which is home to the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. Pennsylvania has excellent firearms laws including state preemption, shall issue License to Carry Firearms, Castle Doctrine, Stand Your Ground, and the ability to own just about every type of firearm out there save for explosives. Article 1 Section 21 of our State Constitution states “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.” Yet, time and time again, politicians and those funded by Bloomberg money attempt to infringe on the rights of our citizens not only here in Pennsylvania but on a national level. It is because of these actions, I have dedicated my career to fighting for firearms rights.
I’m an attorney who has focused and devoted my entire practice around firearms related matters, both for individuals and the firearms industry. I still maintain my job at my local gun store, where I am the general manager. Most days of the week I can be found fighting unconstitutional laws and regulations from behind a desk, and on others, I can be seen arming the free world and working on guns. I’ve spent countless unpaid hours writing comments in opposition to proposed regulatory rule changes and have also engaged in litigation both at the state and federal level regarding firearms issues.
I’m also the host of The Legal Brief, a show that airs weekly on The Gun Collective. The purpose of The Legal Brief is to dispel the myths and misinformation that are pervasive in the gun world, as well as to break down firearms law into simple, easy to digest pieces that individuals can not only understand but share with their friends. If catching me on a weekly YouTube show is not enough, I frequently appear on the podcast This Week in Guns on the Firearms Radio Network.
So why should you vote for me? My experience behind the gun counter as well as in the firearms world puts me in a unique position to see many of the issues facing our community. I’ve been a member of the NRA since 2009 and became a Benefactor Member at the beginning of 2017. Since high school, I’ve been politically active when it comes to preserving and expanding firearms rights. I have traveled to Harrisburg to lobby my state legislature, called and written my federal representatives, and encouraged others to become involved in the process. At the gun store, when there is legislation being debated that would affect firearms rights, I educate the employees as to why they should call their representatives and encourage them and our customers to do so.
Through my legal experience, I’ve experienced firsthand the Government’s position regarding the Second Amendment rights of individuals. I’ve also seen how Government regulation can hamper an industry and make it difficult for individuals to operate companies successfully without bearing excruciating burdens.
Most importantly, unlike a number of other individuals who serve on the Board, I’ve laid out what I would like to see the NRA pursue in the future. Those issues include: pushing to bring firearms education back to schools, having NRA affiliated clubs sponsor public outreach days to allow members of the community to learn how to safely handle firearms, as well as shoot them, and address the reputation the NRA has amongst the mainstream media, the general public, and even some of its members. You can find some of those ideas discussed in the "Platform" section.
If you elect me to the board, you can rest assured you have a friend who believes that NFA firearms (including machine guns) are guaranteed to the people in the Second Amendment. You’ll have an advocate who understands what the next generation of Second Amendment supporters want the NRA to say and do. And most importantly, you’ll have a person who is willing to listen to the ideas of members in order to make it happen.
I’ve also included a list of companies and people who have endorsed me in my campaign for the board below. I’ve already earned the trust from thousands of individuals located all around the country. If given the opportunity, I believe that I can earn your trust too.
I would be honored for your support in this endeavor.
- Widener Law School 2014
- SUNY Binghamton 2009
- Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania – 2015
- District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – 2015
- District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania – 2016
- United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit - 2017
- Can I Still Own a Gun? The Making of a Prohibited Person through Ineffective/Incompetent Legal Advice – New Matter | Chester County Bar Association – 2016
- ATF's Perplexing Interpretation of Stabilizing Braces - Recoil Concealment #6 - 2017
- Boy Scouts of America Troop 149 Committee Member
- Dead Air Armament's Comments in Opposition to Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making ATF 29P
- FICG’s Comments as to ATF’s Proposed Changes to the Firearms Transaction Record (ATF Form 4473 (5300.9))
- FICG’s Comment in Opposition to ATF’s Proposed Framework for Determining Whether Certain Projectiles are “Primarily Intended for Sporting Purposes” Within the Meaning of 18 U.S.C. § 921(a)(17)(c)
The Legal Brief
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Chester County Bar Association
- National Rifle Association – Benefactor Member
- Second Amendment Foundation – Life Member
Honors and Awards
- Eagle Scout
- Former Certified Glock Armorer (Recertification Class 8/15/17)
- Former Certified Smith and Wesson M&P Armorer
- Certified FN SCAR Armorer
NRA Petition process
The members of the NRA have voted to change the requirements for an individual to petition onto the ballot. Unlike previous years, where an individual was required to collect 250 signatures from qualified members, the by-laws now state that an individual must collect half a percent (0.5%) of the previous year's vote. Based on the number of ballots which were cast last year, this requires a candidate to collect 653 valid signatures.
Qualified members are those who have been annual members of the past 5 consecutive years or a life member. If you wish to circulate a petition on my behalf, please ensure that it is filled out correctly and return it to me before August 20, 2017. Instructions as to how to properly complete the petition and where to send the petition(s) are included in the petition packet.
Ballots are mailed out in the February edition of the NRA magazine to which you are subscribed. When you get your ballot, please vote for myself and other members you wish to see on the board. Remember, by "bullet voting" (voting for only the members you wish to see on the board) there is a better chance I’ll make it to the board. I appreciate the support and look forward to serving you!
Please be sure to follow the instructions on the sample petition included in the packet.
PETITIONS MAY BE PRINTED ON 8.5" x 11" PAPER.
The Legal Brief
The following companies and individuals have endorsed me as a candidate for the NRA Board of Directors in 2018. I am very grateful for their support in this endeavor. It is my hope that I can earn yours.
Interested in endorsing me for the NRA Board of Directors in 2018? Be sure to contact me and let me know.
Natalie Foster, Host of NRA TV's Love at First Shot/Blogger Girls Guide To Guns
Shyanne Roberts - Youth Shooter
Annette Evans/Beauty Behind the Blast
John Hollister (Formerly of AAC)
Billy Johnson (Former NRA Commentator)
Mayor Matt Pacifico (Altoona, PA)
David Goldman, Esq.