A veteran gun-rights activist has a big idea for a career in the industry he left to join the NRA.
Brian O’Brien, 44, has a master’s degree in public policy and a master of arts in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He works in government, education and public health policy.
The former Marine served three years as a Marine infantry officer and is currently an executive with a public health consulting firm.
He said he and his wife, Tammy, were inspired by the NRA to join their cause.
They both grew up in rural areas in Pennsylvania and the Dakotas, where their father owned a gun shop.
They got into the NRA for the right reasons, and that’s what we’re trying to do, said O’Briens father, Steve O’Brian, who lives in Raleigh.
He said his son wanted to start an organization that would do good for people.
He also said his own family has been affected by gun violence.
His wife, who is a public defender, was shot in the stomach by her husband in 2012.
“He said, ‘It’s the NRA, it’s the gun lobby,'” O’Connor said.
O’Brien has made several appearances on the NRA’s “Gun Owners News Hour,” a popular weekly program on MSNBC.
He previously was a consultant to the NRA and served on the board of directors.
In 2013, O’Brendan joined the NRA board of trustees and he’s now the vice president of policy and communications for the organization.
He’s also president of the National Association of Manufacturers.OBrien said the NRA is a very important force in the state and in America.
“I think we’re going to be very successful,” O’Brean said.
“I hope the NRA will take me on.”
The NRA also announced plans to hire more than 700 new members in 2016.