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Pro-gun majority captures North Carolina legislature

House Majority Leader Holliman suffers defeat at hands of Grass Roots North Carolina …

For the first time since 1898, Republicans yesterday captured both chambers of the North Carolina General Assembly. Although results are not yet final, it appears the GOP will be in solid control of the NC House with at least 62 of 120 seats, and of the Senate with at least 28-30 of 50 seats. Preliminary assessments indicate a rout by pro-gun candidates with GRNC’s highest 4-star (****) evaluation.

In District 81, House Majority Leader Hugh Holliman (D-Davidson, GRNC 0-star) was among the losers. Instrumental in killing at least 9 bills intended to help lawful gun-owners protect themselves and their families, including the popular SB 928 for “Castle Doctrine,” Holliman was targeted by the Grass Roots North Carolina Political Victory Fund (GRNC-PVF) via mailings, radio spots and “Unwanted” posters distributed in the district. The NRA endorsed Holliman against superior challenger Rayne Brown (****), one of dozens of races across the state in which the NRA either endorsed or inflated the ratings of anti-gun Democrats, many of whom lost.

Judiciary Chairman and ACLU lawyer Deborah Ross (D-Wake, GRNC 0-star), who was equally culpable in killing Castle Doctrine, repelled a challenge by NC State student Madison Shook (****) in her heavily Democrat district.

GRNC 4-star (****) Representative Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg), who plotted Republican strategy to take the House, is widely expected to be a candidate for speaker. Senate Minority Leader Phil Berger (R-Guilford, Rockingham, ****) is poised to become President Pro Tem of the Senate. Grass Roots North Carolina enjoys a close relationship with both.

Among GRNC-PVF’s 118 General Assembly candidate recommendations, including 15 districts targeted for mailings and radio spots, the GRNC political action committee also prevailed in NC House District 41, where Republican Tom Murry (GRNC ***) beat appointed incumbent Chris Heagarty (GRNC **). The race was considered crucial by the GOP for takeover of the House. Although Murry initially received a 0-star evaluation in GRNC’s “Remember in November” voter guide due to late return of his candidate survey, GRNC-PVF was able to mail postcard election alerts to thousands of gun-owning voters in the district.

With only some results available, other GRNC-PVF target districts in which GRNC-recommended candidates are leading include Norm Sanderson (R-3, ****) over Alice Underhill (***) and Stephen LaRoque (R-10, ****) over Van Braxton (***). Once election returns are in, this column will feature a blow-by-blow of GRNC target districts, corresponding NRA ratings and endorsements, and results.


With the exception of a bright spot for gun owners with the narrow upset (pending a recount) of anti-gun Bob Etheridge (0-star) by Renee Ellmers (***), races in North Carolina’s 13 congressional districts were status quo. Pro-gun incumbents Walter Jones (R-3, ****), Virginia Foxx (R-5, ****), Howard Coble (R-6, ****), Sue Myrick (R-9, ****), and Patrick McHenry (R-10, ****) easily beat challengers. Ardently anti-gun G.K. Butterfield (D-1, 0-star), David Price (D-4, 0-star), Mel Watt (D-12, 0-star) and Brad Miller (D-13, 0-star) were equally unscathed.

Although 11th District Democrat Heath Shuler (0-star) beat back a GRNC-PVF attempt to replace him with pro-gun challenger Jeff Miller (****), the roughly 20,000 difference in votes suggests that gun votes could not have overcome the margin of victory.

Similarly, NRA endorsements of Shuler, Larry Kissell (0-star) and Mike McIntyre (**) could not account for the large margins of victory in each race. Indeed, knowledgeable activists have suggested that the NRA’s “friendly incumbent” is actually designed to endorse likely winners in the interest of inflating its “win ratio” and perceived effectiveness.


After successful elections, Second Amendment supporters tend to become complacent. Gun rights organizations lose members; gun owners stop paying attention. To do so now, however, would be to waste a remarkable opportunity, especially in North Carolina.

In coming weeks, GRNC will make plans for introduction of legislation when the General Assembly convenes in January. First, we will ask you whatyou want us to do. Next, we will ask you to join us in a show of force by actually stopping in to visit all those newly elected legislators. Then we will ask you to keep the pressure on by contacting politicians and telling them to support GRNC’s legislative agenda, which will include (among other things) Castle Doctrine, reducing the number of “no concealed carry zones” such as parks and restaurants, and repealing North Carolina’s archaic, Jim Crow-era handgun purchase permit law. And finally, we will ask you to remember what politicians have done – for you or against you – in the 2012 elections.

As always, GRNC is a lightning rod, collecting and channeling your energy to those who shape public policy. But make no mistake: It is only by your energy that GRNC can defend and restore the rights guaranteed you by the Constitution.


  • Kyle Peterson 4 years ago

    "GRNC’s legislative agenda, which will include (among other things) Castle Doctrine, reducing the number of “no concealed carry zones” such as parks and restaurants, and repealing North Carolina’s archaic, Jim Crow-era handgun purchase permit law."

    -And don't forget the "Emergency Powers" law, where the Governor can effectively suspend the Second Amendment state-wide over a flake of snow on top of Mount Mitchell...

    I can't really decide at the moment what "order" our priorities should be, apart from getting THAT law changed/stricken down.

  • Philip DiNardo 4 years ago

    Please keep up the pressure on our newly elected and elected leaders presently in the assembly in January. We want the Castle Doctrine passed without any hitches or any of the new republicans backing away.
    Good riddings to that garbage bag Deborah Ross the Jerk ACLU lying lawyer, she held back our bills long enough, we pray at the next election cycle she is booted out of the assembly building, she has soiled it long enough with the rest of the rats nest. what a corrupt bunch of politicians.
    Also the hand gun emergency powers act regulated by the lying governor also needs to repealed in its entirety.

  • Virginia 4 years ago

    I wonder if Deborah Ross and Holliman started shredding documents yet, that is what good demoncrats do when they are booted out from their long term chair seats. much dirt hidden for a long time.

    If they think the evil thought and do this then they need to be pressed for all documents that they have in their possession for possible violations of NC statutes.

    tony rand was a pro at shredding documents especially with republican constituents petitions, blatantly violating the NC statutes.

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    Paul Valone 4 years ago

    All good ideas. With respect to the State of Emergency law, however, I havfe a question: Would you rather we pass a narrowly defined bill to end it? Or would you rather have DC v. Heller lawyer Alan Gura use it to chart the future of the Second Amendment in the Bateman v. Perdue case, on which GRNC is a plaintiff? Think large, not small.


  • Kyle Peterson 4 years ago

    Ahhhh...I hadn't forgotten about the lawsuit, but hadn't considered that we'd end up better off by going forward with it. Carry on!

  • JR Bailey Casper Public Policy Examiner 4 years ago

    Hey Paul,

    Kudos on the big time win in NC: I just can't believe that folks in N.C. would allow such laws to come into existence in the first place, but when I noted that the ACLU had their dirty hands in slop, I can see where the origins of such laws might well exist!

    The next big ticket item, nationally speaking is to oust individuals in the Repub. Hierarchy, ie, McConnell, Kyl, Graham, Snowe, Collins, and other such ilk, which have rolled over to the Social Progressives for too long and have done great harm to our Republic!

    3 Cheers for your organization and if/when I can actually find an insane enough employer to hire this grizzled old cripple, I'll be sending you some of my hard earned cash for a membership.

    I'll never get to NC, but you and your organization deserve support and when I can, I'll give it willingly and happily!

    Again, congratulations and well done!

    JR Bailey

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    Paul Valone 4 years ago

    JR: Agreed on all. Thanks for your support.


  • Keith Schulers 4 years ago

    What did Jeff Miller do for the Second Amendment to get four stars?

  • Charlton Heston 4 years ago

    Not being NRA's lap dog should be good for a few...

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