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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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April 15, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) released the following statement on a proposal announced today to expand the United States Supreme Court:

April 8, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), author of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, released the following statement on gun control measures announced today by the Biden-Harris Administration:

March 25, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), the author of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, released the following statement on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit ruling limiting the right to carry a firearm issued on Wednesday, March 24:

March 15, 2021 eNewsletter

Friends,

As a father of a small boy in school, I care deeply about preventing gun violence. As your Congressman, I’ve worked to pass meaningful legislation like the STOP School Violence Act to improve school safety, the Fix NICS Act to improve information sharing across law enforcement, and the 21st Century Cures Act, which was one of the most significant reforms to mental health care in a decade.

March 15, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The scenes are all too familiar: mass shootings in America.

On Capitol Hill, with Democrats in charge of both chambers, lawmakers are once again looking to enhance gun control measures. But the effort is sparking a familiar divide.

On two recent background check bills, North Carolina lawmakers in the U.S. House were split along party lines. Democrats voted for the bills, while Republicans opposed them. The House as a whole was similarly divided.

March 11, 2021 In The News

U.S.A. (AmmoLand.com)- Congressman Richard Hudson (R-N.C.) isn’t given to hyperbole. When he speaks, he means what he says. It’s worth paying attention.

It’s too bad his fellow Members of Congress would rather listen to gun control sycophants instead of serving the people they were elected to represent.

March 10, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08), author of H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, addressed the House floor today to force a vote on his legislation as an amendment to H.R. 1446. The House began to consider H.R. 1446 today, a bill that extends the wait time for a firearm sale from 3 to 10 days and could allow the government to delay a sale indefinitely. The House also began consideration of H.R.

March 9, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) introduced legislation today to address gun violence and improve school safety. The STOP II: Classrooms Over Conference Rooms Act doubles funding for the STOP School Violence Act by taking money set aside for the U.S. Department of Education to rent conference rooms in Washington, D.C. This legislation is one of six bills introduced over the past week by House Republicans to address gun violence. The legislation comes as House Democrats bring up a vote this week on H.R. 8 and H.R.

March 9, 2021 In The News

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are leading an effort on two gun reform measures to expand background checks, but are facing heavy opposition from Republicans.

“The Democrats are concerned about taking away our Second Amendment rights,” Rep. Richard Hudson, a Republican from North Carolina, said Tuesday.

March 9, 2021 In The News

Rep. Richard Hudson said last year’s record number of firearms sales in the United States was directly attributable to the Black Lives Matter riots and mayhem that engulfed American cities and resulted in at least 25 deaths.

Appearing on Newsmax TV Tuesday, the North Carolina Republican said it was not surprising that federal background checks exclusively related to the sale of firearms reached 21 million in 2020, a 60% increase over the previous year.