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About ORPA

The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association (ORPA) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that works to promote the education and safety of shooting sports in Ohio.    ORPA encourages and sponsors youth and adult training and participation in local, regional, and national level competitions for a variety of firearm disciplines.  For a full purpose statement please click here to see our stated purpose statement in our code of regulations.

ORPA members receive Gunsmoke, which is a quarterly publication that is delivered electronically to the membership and contains articles about the sport, tips, schedules, news from member clubs, match results, and more.  When members don’t have an email they may get a mailed version of Gunsmoke for a nominal fee.

ORPA is the National Rifle Association (NRA) State Association for Ohio.  NRA state associations are independent of the NRA but are affiliated with and recognized by the national association.   This allows ORPA to run NRA-sanctioned events which qualify shooters for NRA points. 


Our Goals

  • To support the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and the rights of lawful firearms owners.

  • To promote, develop and encourage marksmanship

  • To promote firearms safety

  • To promote hunting as a vital wildlife management technique

  • To promote, develop and encourage competition in marksmanship between individuals, teams and all other organizations interested therein

  • To promote and encourage favorable legislation for the establishment and maintenance of suitable ranges

  • To secure the issuance of arms, ammunition and other equipment for practice

  • To promote, encourage and create a public sentiment in favor of marksmanship, not only as a clean and wholesome sport, but also as a very necessary, essential and vital means of national defense.

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