Col. Brown informs me that Soldier of Fortune has issued its endorsements on the upcoming NRA Board elections. At the top of SoF's list is Steve Schreiner, a major Colorado activist (head of Firearms Coalition of Colorado), who won the Silver Star for courage in Vietnam. SoF also endorses Scott Bach, Bob Viden, Joe DeBergalis, Wayne Anthony Ross, and Manny Fernandez.
UPDATE: I was heavily involved with FOPA's passage, though I did have to miss the House debates. A day or two before the debates, I recall Rep. Volkmer telling me that Hughes was going to offer amendments, I think three. I recall in addition to the full auto one, another put a similar ban on newly-made suppressors; I forget what the third was. Volkmer said that he'd been sounding out the other Members, and one was going to pass, although he wasn't sure which one. (Literally, they were going to pass one and apparently which one didn't matter). The Members had stuck their necks out farther than they wanted to (remember, the House was under Demo control then, and its leadership was VERY antigun), and they were afraid of the backlash, and wanted to be able to tell the media and constituents that they weren't blindly following the gun lobby, why, they'd voted for something anti-gun, too. I said that made little sense, and Volkmer said he agreed, but that the reality.
It wasn't like it is today, and I'm glad to have lived to see it. To give you an idea: it took six months or so to negotiate changes that satisfied the Reagan Administration! Reagan may have given pro-gun speeches, but the Administration would have opposed FOPA if changes weren't made, weakening some provisions. I know, I was there.