Owen Mills

Buz Mills (Board Member)

Buz Mills - NRA Board Member
Owner of Gunsite Academy, a 2,000 acre weapons training facility

Owen “Buz” Mills is the owner of Gunsite Academy, a weapons training facility for members of the armed forces, law enforcement and civilians. Instructors at the facility teach the “Combat Triad,” a firearms discipline focusing on marksmanship, gun handling, and mindset. Shooters who take a two-day class are given a complimentary NRA membership. Courses offered by Gunsite also include a five-day urban sniper course, a “battle rifle” course and a foreign weapons course. Mills is also a former political candidate. He spent $2.3 million as a Republican candidate for governor of Arizona in 2010, before dropping out prior to the primary.

Controversial Actions and Statements

Controversial Actions and Statements:

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Buz Mills (Board Member)

In 2002, a Florida Court of Appeals held that Mills defrauded a business partner out of millions of dollars. The business partner was awarded $4.7 million in damages, although the parties later settled out of court for an undisclosed amount. Mills sent his business partner on numerous vacations while he secretly negotiated a lucrative buy-out of their cell phone tower company. Mills’ partner was then fraudulently induced to sell his minority share for a price that did not reflect the true value of the business. An opinion concurring with the Court of Appeals holding ruled that “Mills managed to keep an additional $9 million of profit out of [the business partner’s] pocket.”

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