While the American Hunters and Shooters Association (AHSA) has folded for lacked membership and pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) their views represented the opinions of the typical gun owner. They advocated reasonable gun control restraints, such as requiring background checks for ALL handgun sales at gun shows. They offered an contrast to the NRA who oppose background checks for gunshow sales.
The views of the American Hunters and Shooters Association mostly represent those of the average American gun owner. Although the average gun owner is more concerned with safety and protection, the association takes gun ownership views to a higher level because their guns represent survival. They hunt for their own food and therefore are proponents for expanded gun laws.
When it comes to gun control legislation, Americans always hear about the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its far-right views on gun ownership. The American Hunters and Shooters Association is a much newer and much smaller group, however they have it right. They are about "restoring pride in America's hunting and shooting heritage." They aren't about gun ownership. This group is about the proper use of firearms.
The Association of American Hunters and Shooters has set itself apart from other gun owner organizations by advocating for increased gun control laws in the US, something that most owners probably aren't in favor of. People see that shootings and criminals often don't buy guns legally, or that guns used and bought legally wouldn't be prevented by proposed legislation.
No, I do not believe that the American Hunters and Shooters Association represent those of the average American gun owner. As a gun owner myself, the average American gun owner is just the average American. Most Americans that own a weapon or gun are not known by others until the time arises that the gun is brought out.