One of the nation’s premier distance learning schools for gunsmithing and firearms technology, Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) has long been committed to supporting shooting sports, hunting traditions and Second Amendment rights. Today, SDI is proud to announce it is donating the full tuition cost for its gunsmithing certificate program during the upcoming Texas State Rifle Association fundraising banquet.

The 6th Annual Texas State Rifle Association Foundation banquet will welcome TSRA members, gun owners and Second Amendment supporters from across the state to raise funds to benefit the youth shooting sports. The event will be held February 21, 2014 at the Holiday Inn Midtown in Austin, Texas.

“Increasing youth participation in shooting sports and providing resources for firearm education are essential to preserving our American ideals and traditions,” says Pam Rogers, Director of the Sonoran Desert Institute. “The Texas State Rifle Association has a well-respected youth program that fosters and promotes team shooting in a variety of disciplines, and we’re very happy to help their fundraising efforts.”

The largest gun rights organization in the Lone Star State, the Texas State Rifle Association champions the rights of law-abiding Texans to own, enjoy and use firearms as guaranteed by the Constitutions of the State of Texas and the United States of America. The TSRA is dedicated to protecting the inalienable rights of individuals to acquire, possess, transport, carry, transfer ownership and enjoy the right to lawful use of firearms for self preservation, for the defense of family and property and the common defense of the Republic and the individual liberties of the people. For more information on the Texas State Rifle Association, visit

Sonoran Desert Institute is an accredited distance learning school providing undergraduate degree and certificate programs in allied health, real estate and construction and firearms technology.

Sonoran Desert Institute School of Gunsmithing offers a 40 semester-credit certificate course and is the most complete training program of its kind. The Associate of Science degree in Firearms Technology program prepares students for personal development and/or employment in the custom gun trade, from entry-level employees to small business owners. Students learn about custom firearms, stocks, rifles, handguns, shotguns, metal refinishing, ballistics, metal work and engraving, and business principles. The Firearms Technology program requires 60 semester credit hours.

Sonoran Desert Institute offers high quality, rigorous educational programs with the convenience and flexibility of 100 percent online delivery; or other learning modalities. The school has been an innovator since its inception and is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). SDI educational programs are designed predominantly for adult learners, based on principles and practices of active self-learning, and feature one-on-one faculty class facilitation.

To learn more about on the highly acclaimed distance learning programs at Sonoran Desert Institute, visit or call 480.314.2102.

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