Dudley Brown & NAGR’s Despicable Deception

Dudley Brown
Dudley Brown
Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA –-(Ammoland.com)- Dudley Brown and his “National Association for Gun Rights” (NAGR) have built a reputation by attacking every other major gun rights organization and even pro-gun politicians, to the detriment of the gun rights movement.

His rhetoric has done more to marginalize Second Amendment activism than all of the slanders from gun prohibition lobbying groups combined.

Now Dudley has spewed his venom toward Alan Gottlieb, a true champion of Second Amendment advocacy with a proven track record of accomplishment. Gottlieb is founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).

In his latest effort to raise money for his own self-aggrandizement, Dudley Brown has launched a vicious canard against Alan Gottlieb, accusing the veteran gun rights advocate of “Leading the fight for national gun registration.”

Alan Gottlieb has never advocated for gun registration in his life. His legislative efforts have been to prevent that, and Dudley knows it.

Sean Tonner, deputy chief of staff for former Republican Colorado Gov. Bill Owens, was quoted by The Denver Magazine , asserting, “All Dudley wanted to do was create controversy. He makes his money when there’s turmoil, real or perceived, because that’s what gets his members to write him checks.”

It is time to call Dudley what he is, a political bomb-throwing bully whose stock in trade is to incite distrust and discontent within the ranks of the gun rights movement to enhance his own fund-raising efforts and power base.

Instead of directing his energies toward fighting the real enemy, Dudley Brown has attacked other gun rights organizations in an effort to elevate his own group, but at what cost to gun rights?

Perhaps he believes the only way to raise his own status outside the borders of Colorado is to trample on people and organizations with whom he should be allied for the common cause of advancing Second Amendment rights, rather than inflating his own ego.

When anti-gunners see people in the gun rights movement attacking one another they cheer. Such vicious attacks provide aid and comfort to the enemies of the Second Amendment.

The Second Amendment Foundation has championed gun rights legal actions and won in federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. Remember, it was SAF that took McDonald v. City of Chicago to the Supreme Court and won. Where was Dudley?

SAF and CCRKBA have conducted the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference for more than 25 years, bringing together major gun rights leaders with grassroots activists to unify and expand the gun rights movement. Where was Dudley?

When SAF and the National Rifle Association joined forces to stop the unconstitutional gun grab in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, where was Dudley?

When SAF and NRA joined forces to defeat the San Francisco gun ban, where was Dudley?

When SAF, NRA and CCRKBA joined forces to defeat the City of Seattle’s parks gun ban – thus strengthening state preemption in Washington state and providing a lesson for anyone who might challenge other states’ preemption laws, where was Dudley?

When the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) was created, Alan Gottlieb was there to help bring together an organization that now has member groups from every continent and several nations. Where was Dudley?

When multi-national gun rights organizations gather in Europe to resist global gun control efforts, Alan Gottlieb is there, but where is Dudley?

Where is Dudley? We'll ask again: WHERE – IS – DUDLEY? He is AWOL!

CCRKBA is currently fighting oppressive gun control legislation in Washington State, to prevent passage of the kind of gun laws that were adopted in Colorado, right under Dudley’s nose. Instead of isolating CCRKBA – as is Dudley’s “my way or the highway” style – Alan Gottlieb has helped bring together a coalition of organizations that includes gun collectors, hunters, competitors and law enforcement professionals. Their goal is to prevent expansion of federally-mandated background checks and state handgun registration, and prohibit government gun confiscation (a’la post-Katrina New Orleans).

Where is Dudley now? Maybe he’s trying to figure out how to exploit this battle to raise funds that would never be spent in Washington State, and perhaps even to scuttle the grassroots gun rights effort there. Remember, his forte is to create turmoil, exploit it and raise money from it, not win battles.


Two years ago, Dudley tried to claim credit for a lawsuit victory that wasn't his, in a case he didn't pay for.

When Students for Concealed Carry won a judgment against the University of Colorado, Dudley created the impression that it was his victory, claiming in an e-mail fund-raiser that his “National Foundation for Gun Rights” and Dudley’s Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) had “successfully overturned the college campus gun ban in the Colorado Supreme Court.”

SCC President Daniel Crocker sent a blistering letter to Dudley that criticized him for “misleading remarks for the pecuniary gain of your organizations…”

In that letter, Crocker stated that Dudley’s message was “not only misleading but patently false.”

What was Dudley’s contribution to that case? RMGO provided an amicus brief. Alan Gottlieb and SAF also filed an amicus brief in that case, but they never claimed credit for winning the case.

Dudley claimed to be at the United Nations for the Arms Trade Treaty conference, yet nobody saw him in the building, but they did see Alan Gottlieb there, fighting to protect Americans’ gun rights.


Last year, the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance felt it necessary to respond to one of Brown’s e-mails regarding legislation that the MGOCRA had been supporting. Without naming him, the group posted a message on it's Facebook page stating,;

“There is an inflammatory email being sent to Minnesotans by an out-of-state individual who has never actually accomplished anything for Minnesota gun rights (or those of any other state that we can see).

“The real purpose of this email is the same as all the rest of the emails this individual sends: to solicit donations,” the message added.

Last year, when NAGR launched an attack fund raiser against Wayne LaPierre and the National Rifle Association, gun owners in North Carolina became fed up. Some members of the NC Gun Owners forum asked questions such as;

“Where was Dudley Brown during the Senate hearing on AWB and Magazine limitations?” Another observed, “I never liked an organization or person trying to build themselves up by putting others down.” A third noted, “I have not supported them at all, as I feel they are opportunists that seem to be looking for donations more than actually helping the fight.”

While SAF has as its motto “Winning firearms freedom one lawsuit at a time,” and CCRKBA’s motto is “The Common Sense Gun Lobby,” Dudley may as well say that his motto is “Destroying the gun rights movement from within, one selfish attack at a time.”

We have never made it a practice to disparage other gun rights organizations. That’s not constructive, nor does it further the cause of Second Amendment freedom. We are all supposed to be in this fight together.

However, we cannot ignore this calumny, especially from someone whose rhetoric has gun owners constantly fighting one another, rather than uniting against a common enemy.

What Dudley Brown and NAGR have done with his e-mail attack on Alan Gottlieb is deliberately divisive, disturbingly deceitful and downright despicable.

And Alan Gottlieb isn't asking for a penny from anyone with this e-mail. He’s just setting the record straight.

  • 18 thoughts on “Dudley Brown & NAGR’s Despicable Deception

    1. I joined NAGR because I thought they would be a good advocate for second amendment rights and collaborate with the NRA and other organizations who have the same goals and philosophy. I cannot tell you how much I regret that decision. I won’t even get into their legitimacy or value to the cause because at this point, I don’t give a sh!t. The SOBs sold my email address the second they got it and many hundreds of spam emails later, I am throwing in the towel and giving up the email address I had for 10 years. If you join this organization, you will get emails from dozens of conservative causes you never knew existed, invariably pleading for cash.

      1. There is no doubt of it. When NAGR first started, I sent them a blistering letter complaining that we didn’t need another Johnny-come-lately siphoning money away from the established organizations who knew what they were doing. That was years ago, and I have heard nothing but bad about them ever since. Just yesterday I received their ‘Contribution and direction” form in the mail, and tore it into little piece immediately. I should have returned it postage-collect tied to a cement brick.

    2. Here is the text of an e-mail I sent to Dudley Brown in mid-August 2011 after Tim Pawlenty lost in an Iowa straw poll. In my opinion, Dudley Brown is nothing more than a fund raiser with little to actually (and demonstrably) show for it – except perhaps a very healthy organizational bank account. There are always people who prey on those who want to be THE most conservative, or THE most pure of purpose, or who want to avoid appearing (or being accused of being) “moderate.” Dudley Brown is the one who preys on these types of individuals.
      I truly appreciate the stated purpose of your organization.

      I am an attorney. I am a certified handgun safety instructor in Tennessee. I am a soon-to-be member of the Tennessee Firearms Association and have volunteered to be in their legal and litigation group to support Tennessee pro-second amendment legislation and litigation parties. I am a member of the NRA. I am a member of the local USPSA club, North Tennessee Practical Shooters. I leave boycott cards at business establishments that post gun restriction notices. I engage in discussions with anti-gun folks all the time to try inform them of their rights under the Constitution. I try to encourage individuals who don’t want to own a firearm to accept the fact that those of us who do own firearms have the right to do so.

      In short, I am with you when it comes to your organization’s goals.

      However, I believe it is frustratingly disingenuous for the National Association for Gun Rights to take credit for Pawlenty’s poor showing in the Iowa straw poll. The inference in your e-mail messages is that Pawlenty lost because he did not respond to your organization’s questionnaire. Really? Come now.

      Pawlenty was a very unimpressive candidate in terms of his public speaking and looked desperate at the election-eve debate. He spent millions of dollars in Iowa for months running up to the poll and came in 3rd. He had no more money and had little, if any, improvement in recognition after all the effort. And you claim he lost because participants in the straw poll were disappointed or angry that he did not fill out your questionnaire? It would be interesting to see how many of the individuals who voted for other candidates in the poll had even heard of the National Association for Gun Rights when they voted. I would hazard a guess that the number that had heard of the organization would not have made a significant difference in the outcome of the poll.

      Your latest newsletter now infers that the Politico has published a story that cites Pawlenty’s failure to respond to your questionnaire as the cause of his loss in the Iowa straw poll. The only place I saw a story about the National Association for Gun Rights in the Politico was here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0811/61487.html.

      That Politico article states no such thing. It is merely an opinion piece that essentially doubts the wisdom of the National Association for Gun Rights calling into question Rick Perry’s stance on gun rights. To quote the article:

      Kendra Marr flags this email from the National Association for Gun Rights, which sounds gleeful about Tim Pawlenty’s loss at the Ames Straw Poll and claims it as a victory for the group as it presses for Rick Perry answer where he stands on the Second Amendment.

      It’s a bit of a curiosity, since Perry is not only known as a pretty strong gun-rights advocate, but he’s also a member – he has a concealed weapon permit, as he discussed a bit with Ben at the Iowa State Fair yesterday.

      The article then includes the e-mail newsletter. I am sure you were happy for the additional publicity in a widely-read online magazine. However, I would have hoped that the angle of the article – questioning your claim that the efforts of the National Association for Gun Rights caused Pawlenty’s poll results and ultimate withdrawal – would have given you pause. It was not flattering. However, you instead attempted to use it to promote your organization.

      You followed disingenuous claims in the original e-mail with claims that were just as disingenuous in the first paragraph of your latest e-mail:

      Even one of America’s premier political news sites, Politico.com, has picked up the story about how National Association for Gun Rights members just like you toppled Tim Pawlenty’s Presidential campaign.

      It would have been accurate to say that the Politico stated that the National Association for Gun Rights has claimed credit for toppling Tim Pawlenty’s campaign. It is just plain untrue to state that the Politico gave the National Association for Gun Rights credit for Pawlenty’s withdrawal.

      I believe there is room for any number of organizations that support my Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Because of that I am going to remain on your e-mail list as a subscriber with the hope that you will eventually quit sending out disingenuous and self-serving e-mails and instead engage in truthful information in your newsletters. Perhaps then I can join your organization. Until then, however, I will not join or be associated with an organization that distorts the truth in order to solicit members.

      I am afraid that the disingenuous course you have taken to promote your organization will eventually result in a public backlash and humiliation of your organization, and by extension other pro-Second Amendment organizations and firearm owners. In short, I believe your tactics are merely giving anti-gunners more fodder for their message.

      To hopefully answer some of the questions I believe you will probably pose after reading my message:

      No, I am not against your organization.
      No, I am not an employee, contractor, agent, representative (etc., etc.) of the NRA.
      Yes, I am a member of the NRA, but believe that they are not strong enough in some policy areas.
      No, I have not discussed this message with anyone else at all prior to sending it, nor have I discussed the viability of your organization with anyone else.
      Yes, I do tell my handgun safety students about your organization along with a score of other pro-Second Amendment organizations.
      I have since asked them to remove my name from their e-mail lists numerous times with no success. I currently delete every message as it comes it. I don’t need more stinky trash than I generate myself.

    3. WOW! This is really disturbing news for sure! Assuming that what I just read here is reliable and totally true, I will now be blocking all emails from Dudley Brown and/or any associates thereof. Thanks for exposing this charlatan for what he really is all about!

    4. Thank you for the heads up. I suspected NAGR was quite radical and engaged in money-grabbing schemes. Now I know. Their incessant e-mail pleas for more money will go into my junk folder from now on.

    5. All those gun rights organizations want your donations. The real question is, pardon the pun, which one gives you the most ‘bang for your buck’? I think everyone should first become an NRA member, and then, if able, join another. If this civil rights battle is lost you can bet the government will be ‘mandating’ more things than government run ‘health care’

    6. Brown harassed me via email for yrs asking for money, every time in hit the unsubscribe button it doubled the number of emails arriving everyday. My ISP finally blocked all of the trash from him. We already have enough friends like haas, everet, shannon demander and her pimp bloomburg, brown fits right in with that cult.

    7. Yes he is too aggressive in collecting money that I don’t know where it goes. I get deluded with e-mails every day from him & his cronies. I am dropping out of his outfit

    8. I know first hand he has seriously done damage and ticked off pro-Second Amendment state senators and reps–state senator one told me he would have Dudley or any of his people arrested by the State patrol (guards) if they ever came to his office again in the capitol. I watched just five feet away as his legislative guy got physically thrown out out of our (CO) state capitol building for threatening a pro-gun rep.

      I watched this gold digger time and time again try and succeed in convincing the dummys in his organization that he was involved in pro gun movements and events in which he was not. At the CO Gun Collectors Show this last weekend one of his suckers (members) tried to tell me Dudley was involved in the actual successful recall and removal of the two state senators– of which I was involved in at a high level, and so informed him of. He then sidetracked that though he is an NRA member, they are not doing much…

      His supporters have just been shooting too many big caliber guns, they suffer from serious recoil damage!

    9. I’ve gotten hysterical emails from this charlatan, and donated to them once. But then I got emails about pending legislation that was DOA, and or old news.
      The NRA probably deserves some criticism at times, but not from a phoney baloney.
      I’ve been following the gun control debate for 40 years and I know Gottlieb’s record.
      And yes the big question is: “Where is Dudley?”

    10. I have heard him bad mouthing the NRA and I jumped on him about this, probably to deaf ears. We are all in the same fight. We are here to attack gun grabbers period. Attacking each other is doing nothing but making us weak. This is a gun grabber dream come true. He is playing into their hands and has no business in our business.

    11. Yes, all Dudley and “NAGR” ever do is beg for money and bad mouth those who actually DO something to protect our rights.
      I wish he’d lose my email address. I’m sick of his deceptive bullshit.

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