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Dudley W. Brown
|Alma mater||Colorado State University|
|Occupation||Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
Executive Vice President of National Association for Gun Rights
|Years active||21|
|Known for||Second Amendment rights activism|
|Home town||Brush, Colorado|
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 executive vice president of the National Association for Gun Rights, a group that serves as an umbrella coordinator for various state-level pro-gun organizations. He is listed as Executive Vice President of the National Association for Gun Rights, a tax-exempt gun advocacy group.
Brown attended, but did not graduate from, Colorado State University. He did, however, participate in the 1989 graduation ceremonies. While at CSU, he founded the campus chapter of College Republicans.
Dudley Brown is a critic of the anti-gun lobby and interest groups like the Violence Policy Center. Brown also criticizes the National Rifle Association as being soft on gun control. He said "We're not afraid to be called radicals on the gun issue, because that's what we are."
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. Brown opposed the initiative, stating, "We're under assault right now. We feel like the Jews did in Nazi Germany."
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".
Brown is known for involving his organization in Republican primary elections at the state and local levels. In a recent 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."
Brown was involved in the debate during the Rules Committee meeting at the 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".
- 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."
- 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.
- 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."
- Colorado Secretary of State Amendment 22 ballot history, 2000.
- 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."
- "Gun lobbyist draws fire over fund-raising letter," Associated Press; March 30, 2002.
- Bob Ewegen, "Last Man Standing Wins the 4th," Denver Post; February 16, 2002.
- Rival pro-gun groups’ explosive relationship triggers political hits | Colorado Statesman
- Colorado GOP splits support among Romney, Santorum and Paul | Colorado Statesman
- Bartels, Lynn (2012-04-13). "Gun-rights group speaks up in Colo". Denver Post.
- Hohmann, James (August 28, 2012). "Republican National Convention 2012: Tampa floor fight less likely". Politico. Retrieved 28 August 2013.