A Placerville man has been hired as the new Eastern Field Representative of California of the National Rifle Association.
Cole Beverly is replacing Steve Wilson in the position, which covers from Stanislaus to Sutter counties and from Sacramento to Interstate 5.
His main job, he said, will be to oversee 22 Friends of the NRA fundraising events and to oversee grant meetings. He called himself a “liaison to the grant processes,” and will work especially with high schools for youth shooting sports. The 34-year-old married father of three hopes to get more high schools in El Dorado County into shooting sports, noting that a girl from Del Oro High School is in the Junior Olympics for shooting and a student in Sonora is in the Men’s Junior Olympics and will likely transfer to the Olympics. His first target for bringing shooting sports to is Ponderosa High School.
“There’re hurdles to jump, but they are already in the school system. It’s just getting the program set up,” he said.
Beverly has been the co-chairman of the Placerville Friends of the NRA for the past five years, working at Gold Country Bail Bonds with Chuck Holland, the chairman, for the past decade. The local chapter is the No. 1 fundraiser in the eastern division of the state and is in the top three in California.
He plans to stay in Placerville, where he was born and raised, setting up his headquarters in town. He starts on July 21, with his first fundraiser in Folsom on July 25.
All the money from the fundraisers goes back to the community, he said, with 50 percent kept locally and 50 percent nationally. In the past 20 years, the Friends of the NRA has collected $230 million. The money, in part, goes to youth shooting sports at high schools, the Boy Scouts, 4H, law enforcement Explorer programs and ROTC. Beverly helped a Boy Scout troop in Folsom obtain its first grant from the NRA, he said.
Beverly said his goal in the position is simple: “To ensure and preserve 2nd Amendment rights.”