Younger people joining as support for stricter laws fade.
The National Rifle Association has seen an influx of new membership since the Sandy Hook massacre, but it’s not who you think.
A new generation of young people, many of them women and minorities, is picking up the torch as the group continues to fight for the Second Amendment.
Among them is Texas native Natalie Foster who runs the blog site Girls Guide to Guns. She recently was added to the NRA News lineup.
"There's definitely a new generation coming up around guns and gun issues," she says. "And we're excited about it; we're bringing a brand new energy I think."
"We're no longer the 50-year-old white guy that everybody assumes is the NRA," says Foster. "But those guys have left a legacy for us of really protecting the Second Amendment. Now it’s on us, we get to enjoy it first of all, but we also have a duty to protect it."
Foster first picked up a gun as a way to bond with her father.
"I asked him to take me to the range, I loved it, I had such a good time, it was really empowering for me, I walked off the range and felt 10 feet taller," she says.
Mike Clark at Collectors Firearms in Houston says he's not surprised younger people are joining the NRA.
"A lot of the younger people are interested in gun rights and gun ownership, and it’s only a natural thing that we'd be getting a lot of new members to the NRA for that reason," he says.
Meanwhile, a recent poll shows support for stricter gun laws has faded since the Newtown killings. According to the latest data, support for stricter gun laws stands at 47-percent, that's down from 57-percent just after the Connecticut shooting.
"Anytime you put emotion into something, it’s going to be a lop-sided situation," says Clark. "And when that emotion starts to ebb, you're going to find people thinking a little clearer."