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National Rifle Association starts wine club

Wine enthusiasts can now indulge their passion and back the right to bear arms at the same time by joining the National Rifle Association of America's Wine Club.

Guns n rosés: NRA members now have access to fine wines as well as assault rifles

‘Now you can support the 2nd Amendment with every wine you buy’ runs the strapline on the homepage of the club, nrawineclub.com, which also offers new members a ‘nine-piece custom NRA engraved wine box’ when they join.

The club is administered by wine club specialist Vinesse, and non-members of the National Rifle Association are welcome to buy wine (although they can get a rebate off NRA membership if they spend a certain amount).

A proportion of the profits goes into NRA coffers at a time when the organisation is gearing up to battle President Obama’s plans for enhanced gun control following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook.

Hundreds of wines are available through the site, from a Campo de Borja Garnacha at US$6.99 right up to Joseph Phelps Napa Valley Insignia 2008 at $159.99.

Champagne lovers can pick up Louis Roederer Cristal 2005 at $199.95 a bottle, or Dom Perignon 2003 for $139.99, and weapons enthusiasts might like to pop the cork in traditional style using a Laguiole Champagne sabre ($149.95).

In a welcome letter on the NRA Wine Club website, controversial NRA executive vice president Wayne La Pierre highlights the benefits of membership: supporting 2nd Amendment rights and ‘the convenience of home delivery on the finest wines that vineyards all over the world have to offer’.

He adds: ‘Your purchase will directly benefit the NRA’s continuing support of America’s Right to Keep and Bear Arms and the other basic freedoms of the American Culture.

‘The NRA Wine Club has been founded on these principals (sic) and is bringing you the finest wines that are available.’

Written by Richard Woodard

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