January 15th, 2013
09:33 PM ET

The NRA's Rise to Power: From a training organization to a feared lobbying group

The Obama administration has expressed that it maybe go at reducing gun violence on its own through executive action. By going at it alone on

gun control - President Obama is opening himself up to increased political attacks by gun owners and groups like the National Rifle Association.

The NRA announced Tuesday what it calls an "unprecedented" spike in new members. According to the group, 250,000 people have signed up in just the past month.

And it's that kind of support that helped transform what was an organization to just improve the marksmanship of soldiers into one of the most powerful and feared lobbying organizations in the nation's capital.

CNN's Jim Acosta has the story of the secrets behind NRA's success.

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