The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association works to enhance the public opinion of firearms in Ohio by introducing youths to shooting sports then supporting their marksmanship through adulthood. At the 2012 Olympics, two shooters claimed Ohio ties – Ohio State's Amanda Furrer and Xavier alum Jason Parker.
Every year, ORPA sponsors teams to compete in the Junior Olympics for both pistol and air rifle and the ORPA junior pistol team annually places first in the National Championships. In the summer of 2012, the ORPA adult Longrange Rifle Team won the National Championship.
ORPA also supports Ohio's hunters. In 2012, ORPA sponsored its first successful pheasant hunt which will become an annual event each October.
Members receive ORPA's bimonthly newsletter, Gunsmoke. The lengthy publication contains articles regarding Ohio gun laws, hunting season dates and tips, details of upcoming matches and clinics, match results, and more.
ORPA member clubs may include their events and contact information in both the newsletter and the ORPA website free of charge.
Individual members and member clubs may also submit photos or stories to be printed In Gunsmoke.
Another benefit that ORPA offers for junior members is a scholarship program which awards two prizes each fall.
ORPA is run by a volunteer group of trustees who represent various shooting interests across the state. Currently the group includes university coaches, officers from large Ohio clubs, hunting advocates, cowboy shooters and a few Friends of Camp Perry. The trustees are elected each fall to serve three-year terms. Any ORPA member may be nominated for a trustee position.
Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association Code of Regulations click on this LINK
Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association Trustee Nomination form click on this LINK
Learn about the ORPA Scholarship Fund: