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Author F. Paul Valone has been kicking leftist tail for twenty-eight years. Alarmed by U.S. House passage of the “assault weapon” ban in 1994, he decided to take action. Finding no suitable organization, he organized a rally leading to creation of a 501(c)(4) organization, Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC), which remains North Carolina’s primary and most successful gun rights group to this day.
Valone later created Rights Watch International, a 501(c)(3) legal action arm, and the GRNC Political Victory Fund, a federal political action committee (PAC). Overall, he has directed three political non-profits, four conventional PACs, and a super PAC.
The organizations he directs have passed laws for concealed carry, concealed handgun reciprocity, statewide firearms preemption, Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground, and the expansion of concealed carry into restaurants, parks, educational property and public assemblies. Meanwhile, GRNC killed scores of gun control bills, resulting in no significant gun control passing in the state since 1993.
Using its “Remember in November” project and independent expenditures through its PAC, GRNC has installed dozens of pro-Second Amendment candidates in the N.C. General Assembly and Congress.
Valone’s writing credits include 200+ columns and op-eds as Charlotte Observer Community Columnist, Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner, and a McClatchy Newspapers North Carolina “Influencer,” plus freelance articles in the Charlotte Observer, Raleigh News & Observer, Durham Herald-Sun, Greensboro News & Record, Asheville Citizen-Times, Carolina Journal, VENT Magazine, American Thinker, and elsewhere.
Valone has been interviewed and quoted by dozens of newspapers and radio and television stations including CNN, BBC, USA Today, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, Tom Gresham’s “Gun Talk,” Mark Walters’ “Armed American Radio,” the Alan Colmes Show, and others. He has participated in and directed numerous public forums, town halls, debates, seminars, and lectures.
For grassroots leadership, Valone won the Second Amendment Foundation Defender of Liberty Award (2015, 2016) and the Civitas Institute Audentia Award (2017).
After earning a B.A. in Psychobiology from Hamilton College, Valone pursued a career in aviation, recently retiring as a Boeing 777 captain from American Airlines. In addition to grassroots leadership, he continues freelance writing and hosts the “Guns, Politics and Freedom Radio Show.” Rules for ANTI-Radicals: A Practical Handbook for Defeating Leftism is his second book.
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