The National Rifle Association has canceled several shooting championships scheduled for this summer and is no longer sanctioning matches beyond April 30, according to a notice on the association’s Competitive Shooting Programs webpage.
The canceled national events include the 2020 NRA Precision Pistol Championships, July 1-5, 2020; 2020 NRA High Power Championships, August 9-25, 2020; and the 2020 NRA Smallbore Championships scheduled for July 23–August 4, 2020.
“As a result of this suspension, the NRA will no longer accept match fees or scores,” the competitive webpage announced. “The NRA will continue to monitor the situation and make additional statements as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds. Please contact the NRA Competitive Shooting Division or follow the NRA Competitive Shooting Facebook page to learn more.”
According to an NRA Public Affairs release, the cancellations are due to the current state of affairs surrounding the COVID-19 virus, the uncertainties associated with the pandemic at present, and shutdowns across the country that have impeded vital preparatory work.
“We are trying to make the best of the current situation by moving forward with range construction and other improvements as we look towards the 2021 NRA National Championships season. The NRA is also exploring the feasibility of hosting a variety of new NRA events at Camp Atterbury (if conditions are favorable) with the state of Indiana later this year,” the Public Affairs release said.