NC Gun Voters Win Big in 2022 Red Wave

Red Wave of the National Rifle Association

Raleigh, NC – -( Last Tuesday was a huge election victory for North Carolina gun voters who are sending Ted Budd to the U.S. Senate to replace retiring RINO Richard Burr. As a gun shop owner and strong Second Amendment supporter, Budd will be a considerable asset in the Senate.

Judicial Races

Equally large were gun voters’ judicial victories, where we made a clean sweep of NC Supreme Court and NC Court of Appeals races. Thanks to victories by strong constitutional conservatives Richard Dietz and Trey Allen, Republicans will now control the NC Supreme Court by a 5-2 margin – something that will serve North Carolinians well as we continue to struggle over redistricting and our as-yet-unimplemented voter ID law.

Congressional Races

Despite having a partisan, Democrat-led NC Supreme Court throw out and essentially redraw congressional districts, we were still able to send Chuck Edwards to the U.S. House in District 11. Edwards is a strong Second Amendment advocate who has been of considerable service to gun rights supporters in the General Assembly.

NC General Assembly (NCGA) Races

In unofficial results, it appears that gun voters achieved a super-majority in the NC Senate, with 30 seats, and 71 seats in the NC House, just one seat shy of a supermajority. Here too GRNC-PVF was highly successful, winning in 8 of 10 targeted Senate races and 10 of 16 targeted House races.

Big Individual Wins

The GRNC Political Victory Fund was able to return Buck Newton to the NC Senate, where he had previously been a stalwart sponsor of gun rights legislation. Meanwhile, GRNC-PVF again defeated Christy Clark in Mecklenburg County. Clark is a “Mom’s Demand Action” Bloomberg gun ban advocate who briefly served in the seat before GRNC-PVF defeated her in 2020.

The GRNC and GRNC Political Victory Fund election effort included:

  • 1+ million Ted Budd ads delivered to mobile devices via sophisticated “geofencing” apps;
  • 1+ million email election alerts sent for NCGA races and judicial races;
  • 150,000 “Remember in November” voter guides, with 120,000 mailed directly to voters;
  • 60,000 GRNC-PVF postcard election alerts into targeted NCGA and judicial races;
  • 98,000 “Peer-to-Peer” text messages in targeted NCGA and congressional races;
  • 20,000 automated telephone alerts into targeted NCGA and judicial races.

Said GRNC president Paul Valone:

“I am deeply grateful to the many volunteers who made our victories possible. As an all-volunteer organization, GRNC is able to get more ‘bang for the buck’ when doing independent expenditures for and against candidates, allowing us to better shape a political environment conducive to gun rights.

“Now GRNC is calling upon Republican leadership to acknowledge the gains given them by gun voters by passing an aggressive Second Amendment legislative agenda. In particular, we are interested in joining the 25 states which have successfully adopted permitless or ‘constitutional carry’ laws, as well as repealing our Jim Crow era pistol purchase permit law and closing the ‘church loophole’ which prohibits lawful North Carolinians from protecting their families in churches which sponsor schools. GRNC’s legislative action team will be highly active in pursuing those objectives.”

For more information:

Grass Roots North Carolina

Founded in 1994, Grass Roots North Carolina is an all-volunteer 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to preserving individual liberties guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights with emphasis on the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.Grass Roots North Carolina



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Not only is it time for NC to join the ever growing list of States instituting constitutional carry, as well as get rid of the ludicrous and burdensome purchase permit scheme, we also need to do away with the requirement to inform law enforcement officers that you are in possession of a concealed firearm at the beginning of any official interaction with them, i.e. traffic stop, road check, ect. It unnecessarily starts off any situation at a higher rate of tension to an already heightened sense of apprehension on both sides.NC is one of the very few States that require… Read more »


Great job Paul. I bought your book. My County and State Legislative District, WA 35th went solid Red in one of the bluest of blue states. We’ve been after the 35th Senate seat for 3 four year terms. The last 2 terms was difficult because our target routinely caucused with the Republicans which made it difficult to rally support with the GOP State Senate Leadership, too many RINO’S, however we finally took that seat and we’re going to own it for many moons. Now if we could figure out how to defeat our CityState, Pugetopolis, a 3 county area in… Read more »