Dudley Brown

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Dudley Brown
Born 1965
Education Political Science
Alma mater Colorado State University
Occupation Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
President of National Association for Gun Rights
Years active 22[citation needed]
Known for Second Amendment rights activism
Home town Brush, Colorado
Political party
Republican

Dudley W. Brown (born 1965) is a pro-gun lobbyist, the founder and executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, an organization based in Denver, Colorado that bills itself as a "no-compromise," pro-gun Second Amendment group. He is the President of the National Association for Gun Rights, a group that serves as an umbrella coordinator for various state-level pro-gun organizations. Brown has been listed as the 24th most powerful person in Denver, Colorado[1]

Early Life[edit]

Dudley Brown was raised in South Dakota.[2] Brown became politically active in his college years, where he founded the Colorado State University campus chapter of College Republicans[3] and was elected chairman of College Republicans of Colorado.[2] Brown attended, but did not graduate from, Colorado State University. He did, however, participate in the 1989 graduation ceremonies.[3] Prior to becoming a pro-gun lobbyist, Brown worked in various political positions, including working as the Media Director for the Colorado House GOP caucus[2]

Political Career[edit]

Brown is a critic of the anti-gun lobby and interest groups like the Violence Policy Center.[4]

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners[edit]

Dudley Brown founded the Colorado organization Rocky Mountain Gun Owners in 1996 as a "no-compromise" alternative to other pro-gun organizations.[2] In the wake of the Columbine High School massacre, Colorado voters passed Amendment 22, a voter-initiated measure requiring background checks of gun purchases at gun shows, closing the gun show loophole.[5] Brown opposed the initiative, stating, "We're under assault right now. We feel like the Jews did in Nazi Germany."[6]

In 2002, a complaint was filed against Brown with the Colorado Secretary of State, alleging that a fund-raising letter he wrote supporting the congressional campaign of Marilyn Musgrave violated state law. The complaint claimed that, "As a registered lobbyist, Mr. Brown is clearly prohibited from fund-raising while the General Assembly is in session." Brown called the complaint "frivolous".[7]

Brown is known for involving his organization in Republican primary elections at the state and local levels.[8] In 2012, during a change of leadership in the Colorado State Legislature, Brown supported a pro-gun Senator to take the place of one he felt was not supportive of Second Amendment rights. The state senator whose loyalty to the Second Amendment was called into question called Brown "the most dangerous man in Republican politics."[9]

At the Colorado GOP convention in April 2012, RMGO and Dudley Brown supported pro-gun candidates and spoke out against those whom they considered anything less.[10][11] The impact of Brown and RMGO on the 2012 election in Colorado was that nine out of eleven of their endorsed candidates won the general election.[12]

In opposition to the Colorado Legislature's gun control legislation in 2013, Brown mobilized thousands of supporters at the capitol building in Denver and also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[2]

In 2013, Dudley and RMGO assisted on the campaign to recall a Colorado State Senator, Evie Hudak, a democrat who voted in favor of more restrictive gun laws. The recall was cancelled when Senator Hudak resigned and was replaced by another Democratic Senator, Rachel Zenzinger. Senator Zenzinger lost her re-election bid in the midterm elections of 2014 to the RMGO endorsed Republican candidate, Laura J Woods.[13]

In October of 2014, Dudley and RMGO launched a lawsuit against the Colorado Secretary of State to keep RMGO donor information private.[14]

During the 2014 midterm elections, three of RMGO's candidates won legislative seats, helping Republicans take control of the Colorado State Senate, which Democrats had controlled for ten years.[15]

National Association for Gun Rights[edit]

At the national level, Brown's group the National Association for Gun Rights has outspent the NRA in political lobbying, spending $1.9 million compared to the NRA's $700,000 for the first quarter of 2013.[16] The National Association for Gun Rights also ran ads against Eric Cantor for his stance on gun rights and also has the support of Senator Rand Paul.[16]

Brown was involved in the debate during the Rules Committee meeting at the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa, Florida. The rules committee voted for an entire set of revised rules, which James Hohmann of Politico claims were "negotiated behind the scenes by Romney’s surrogates".[17]

Brown firing HK MP5

Dudley Brown in the news[edit]

Brown has been a vocal critic of the National Rifle Association, saying they are soft on gun control issues.[18] He said "We're not afraid to be called radicals on the gun issue, because that's what we are." Brown also challenged the NRA on the NRA's database of gun owners, claiming the NRA is not opposed to databases of gun owners.[19]

Dudley Brown and RMGO in August of 2014, protested the gun-ban at a local Colorado library, sending the library a cease and desist order. Brown said, "We are having to tell the library district board they have no right to do this ban." The Library reversed the ban in accordance with Colorado law.[20]

Brown was quoted in a 2014 Mother Jones article, in response to the reporter's efforts to receive an interview, saying, "I don't talk to leftists like you. My guys don't read your crap." The article then states Brown brushed past the reporter, yelled "Pravda" over his shoulder and moved into the crowd.[21]

In a 2014 Breitbart article, Brown stated, "It would get my blood pumping ... to see what the enemy is doing. I'll work twice as hard [to defeat them]."[22]

In 2014, Brown was quoted in the Los Angeles Daily News opposing gun buyback programs, saying, "This kind of ludicrous program might make bed-wetting gun-banners feel better, but disarming citizens doesn't make them safer." Brown elaborated by saying, "Gun buyback programs do nothing to take guns out of the hands of violent criminals or street-gang members, but they do coerce law-abiding gun owners into turning in their firearms while incentivizing petty criminals to steal more guns for monetary reward."[23]

In a 2014 Human Events article, Brown comments on the verdict to allow guns on Idaho college campuses, "By allowing students, faculty and visitors on campus to carry concealed, it's going to make it a safer place, it always does."[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lynn Bartels (March 2014). "5280 magazine: new ranking of Denver’s most powerful". Denver Post (Denver, Colorado). Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Eli Stokols (August 2013). "Dudley Brown's War". 5280 (Denver, Colorado). Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Lynn Bartels (April 2, 2013). "Dudley Brown: Web site now shows he doesn’t have a CSU degree after all". Denver Post (Denver, Colorado). Archived from the original on 2013-05-12. Retrieved 27 August 2013. In an interview this morning with the Denver Post, Brown said he was one credit short of graduating from CSU but participated in graduation. He said he did not write the biography on the RMGO site that said he was a graduate. 
  4. ^ Whaley, Monte (May 24, 2013). "More Coloradans died from gun shots than car wrecks in 2009, study says". The Denver Post. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Colorado Secretary of State Amendment 22 ballot history, 2000.
  6. ^ Pat Neal (2000-09-20). "Gun sale measure leads polls in pro-gun, post-Columbine Colorado". Snyder, Colorado: CNN. Archived from the original on 2004-12-08. Retrieved 2013-08-28. But the initiative faces strong opposition from people like Dudley Brown, of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. Brown says the initiative would rob gun owners of a basic freedom. 
  7. ^ "Gun lobbyist draws fire over fund-raising letter," Associated Press; March 30, 2002.
  8. ^ Bob Ewegen, "Last Man Standing Wins the 4th," Denver Post; February 16, 2002.
  9. ^ Rival pro-gun groups’ explosive relationship triggers political hits | Colorado Statesman
  10. ^ Colorado GOP splits support among Romney, Santorum and Paul | Colorado Statesman
  11. ^ Bartels, Lynn (2012-04-13). "Gun-rights group speaks up in Colo". Denver Post. 
  12. ^ Sandra Fish (April 2014). "Rocky Mountain Gun Owners PAC: Big bang for small bucks". The Colorado Independent (Denver, Colorado). Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  13. ^ >Eli Stokols (October 2013). "Dudley Brown, RMGO assisting with Hudak recall effort". KDVR (Denver, Colorado). 
  14. ^ John Tomasic (October 2014). "Rocky Mountain Gun Owners: We’re suing secretary of state, Ethics Watch". The Colorado Independent (Denver Colorado). Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Luc Hatlestad (November 2014). "Election Recap: Colorado Dems Feeling Mighty Blue". 5280 (Denver, Colorado). Retrieved 16 March 2015. 
  16. ^ a b Fredreka Schouten (May 2013). "Ultra-conservative gun group outspends NRA on lobbying". USA Today (Washington). Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Hohmann, James (August 28, 2012). "Republican National Convention 2012: Tampa floor fight less likely". Politico. Retrieved 28 August 2013. 
  18. ^ Eric Drexheimer (2001-09-20). "Let Freedom -- and Gunshots -- Ring". Westword. Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2013-08-28. Dudley Brown, executive director of RMGO, thinks the NRA is too soft. 
  19. ^ Kate Nocera (August 2013). "Rival Gun Group Attacks NRA Over Database". Buzzfeed (Washington). Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  20. ^ "Gun Rights Activists Protest Library’s Ban On Weapons". CBS Denver (Denver, Colorado). August 2014. Retrieved 17 March 2015. 
  21. ^ http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/10/dudley-brown-guns-colorado-democrats
  22. ^ http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2014/10/22/rocky-mountain-heist-denver
  23. ^ http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20140528/los-angeles-holds-gun-buybacks-on-saturday
  24. ^ http://humanevents.com/2014/06/16/campus-carry-comes-to-idaho-july-1/

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