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As a lifelong hunter and sportsman, I am a strong and vocal defender of our Second Amendment rights. I’m proud to have an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA), and I will always defend the rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.
 
I believe the plain language of the Second Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms. This is the right that guarantees we can defend our other rights, and it is a fundamental freedom that must be protected.
 
I’m proud to lead the charge to advance national concealed carry reciprocity. I introduced the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (H.R. 38) to guarantee our Second Amendment rights don’t disappear when we cross state lines. This important bill passed the House on December 6, 2017. It provides law-abiding citizens the right to carry concealed and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicting concealed carry state codes or onerous civil suits.
 
 
H.R. 38 has been described as the “biggest guns rights boost since the ratification of the Second Amendment.”  It will ensure law-abiding citizens can protect their families across state lines. While I’m disappointed the Senate failed to act on this important legislation in 2018, I will continue to fight to get it signed into law.
 
In addition, my amendment to stop President Obama’s “green-tip” bullet ban passed the House in the 114th Congress and helped put intense pressure on the administration to abandon its unilateral attempt to restrict our Second Amendment rights.
 
Since Democrats regained the Majority in the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress, we have already seen legislation introduced that threatens the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. Congressional Democrats introduced H.R. 8, legislation to require a background check for every firearm sale. This legislation might sound common sense, but current law already requires a background check on every commercial gun purchase in America. Current law also prohibits what’s known as “straw purchases.”
 
House Democrats introduced H.R. 8. 
 
This legislation does nothing to prevent gun violence, yet threatens the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. Instead of working on common sense solutions that can actually help prevent tragedies—like supporting local law enforcement, ensuring laws and protocols are followed to spot warning signs and improving mental health care—Democrats are targeting law-abiding gun owners. I will continue to stand up against these attempts to restrict our Second Amendment rights.
 
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February 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On the opening day of the 117th Congress one month ago, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The legislation was introduced with a record 154 bipartisan original cosponsors. The legislation has since been referred to the Judiciary Committee and now has 166 cosponsors.

January 4, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  On the opening day of the 117th Congress, U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act. The bipartisan legislation has a record 154 original cosponsors.

May 27, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and sponsor of the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, is leading the effort to call on the Trump administration and Federal Reserve to prevent financial discrimination against industries including firearms and ammunition amid the economic recovery to the COVID-19 pandemic.
March 24, 2020 Press Release
U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement after Wake County (North Carolina) Sheriff Gerald Baker announced that no pistol purchase or concealed carry permits will be processed through the end of April.
August 5, 2019 In The News

RALEIGH, N.C.

April 8, 2019 In The News

LEBANON, Ohio (WKRC) - Thousands of truck drivers are breaking the law by carrying firearms across state lines, but is the problem the truck driver or the laws?

"It’s dangerous out there. You never can tell,” said Cliff Brown, a truck driver from Florida.

"You get these young guys who want to see if a truck driver’s got money on them,” said Patrick Kent, a truck driver from Louisiana. “They want it; they’re going to come in and try and get it."

February 28, 2019 In The News

Feb. 28 (UPI) — The Conservative Political Action Conference enters its second day Thursday, featuring appearances by Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

February 28, 2019 In The News

The House of Representatives passed new gun-control legislation on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

H.R. 8 and H.R. 1112 both passed the House along mostly party lines with Democrats largely supporting the gun-control initiatives, Republicans largely opposed, and a handful from each party crossing the aisle. Neither bill is likely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, and the White House has said President Trump would issue a veto if either were to make it to his desk.