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Christopher Zealand

Christopher Zealand is an attorney admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. He joined the Research and Information Division of the National Rifle Association's Institute for Legislative Action in 2009 and currently serves as senior research attorney. The Research and Information Division provides statistical, legal, and analytical support to other NRA divisions and also contributes content and editing for websites, magazines, and other published materials NRA makes available to its members and the public. Mr. Zealand additionally consults with counsel inside and outside the NRA on litigation efforts to protect the right to keep and bear arms.

Mr. Zealand's career has provided him with a broad perspective on criminal justice and the law. He was a dispatcher for the City of Cumberland (Maryland) Police Department in the 1990s; served as a federal probation & parole officer in New York City in the early 2000s; graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 2006; clerked for Judge Noël Anketell Kramer of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals from 2006 to 2007; and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia during 2007 and 2008.

In 2006, Mr. Zealand won NRA's Civil Rights Defense Fund Law Student Scholarship Writing Contest for his essay, "Guns to the Left of Me: Firearms Ownership as a Neglected Civil Right." His paper "The National Strategy for Zombie Containment: Myth Meets Activism in Post-9/11 America" appears in the book Generation Zombie: Essays on the Living Dead in Modern Culture.

In addition to his legal and publishing work, Mr. Zealand is an NRA-certified firearms instructor.