Six months ago we posted on reports that the firearms collections at the NRA National Firearms Museum (which are worth millions) may be being secretly sold off to raise cash. What was very public, the best firearms museum in the country, maybe in the world, had been sealed off, kept secret even from the staff who ran it.
Here’s an update on that info (go to post #7). The former curator of the collection writes that he’d made some “personal loans” of guns to the museum. “To cut to the chase – several of my personal loan items could not be found, despite having been securely stored in the museum conservation lab and in exhibit cases.” NRA finally paid him their value. He goes on: “Here’s the part that should make your blood boil. At one point in the retrieval of my items, I got a call from an auction house that I knew. They had been unable to reach the Museum “essential staffer” and wanted to know what the status was on a shipment of museum guns going off to auction. When I went on furlough – we had no such shipment planned. Any deaccessioning of the collection would have to be conducted through established policy and approved by the NRA Gun Collectors Committee. And also ask yourself – where would this money be going?”
Even more information has emerged recently.
The museum has a Facebook page, and in March, 2020 it said the museum is “temporarily” closed. Today it says the museum “will be CLOSED until further notice.” You can see members asking when it will re-open. Most members get no answer. One is told “We will reopen as soon as Covid restrictions are lifted. Thanks for your interest.”
Later (about 7 months ago) someone points out “All the area Smithsonians have announced they are opening in May. Any update here?” NRA answer: “as soon as VA (Virginia) goes 100% we will reopen.” Later you see questions, “What in the world is going on? It can’t still be the covid deal, can it? They haven’t even had to wear masks in school this year.” No reply to that question.
Ironically, if you scroll down, there are postings about gun shows opening in Virginia (dated last April and July) at which the Museum be exhibiting guns, and a recent posting that the NRA National Gun Collectors Show in Las Vegas will open January 21-23.
Here’s an article: “It’s Official: Virginia Covid-19 Restrictions Are Lifted.” It’s dated last May, 8 months ago.
No, it’s not the Covid. There is some other reason why no one, not even its own long-term staff, are allowed into the museum.