The NRA is the sleeper cell of the anti gun lobby. The NRA has never seen a restriction on gun rights that is was not willing to compromise with. The NRA has collapsed in the face of more 2nd Amendment assaults than Sara Brady's group has ever thought of. Gun Owners of America is far stronger in defense of the 2nd Amendment than the NRA.
If self-defense is a right, then gun ownership is a right. Rights do not require permission. Rights are exercised at the sole discretion of the owner of those rights.