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F. Paul Valone

GrassRoots North Carolina
Executive Director

As a handgun competitor for nearly thirty years, Paul Valone is an NRA firearms instructor who has been certified by the state of North Carolina to conduct concealed handgun training,  and has received advanced defensive training at Thunder Ranch, Smith & Wesson Academy, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute and elsewhere.

Valone writes occasionally for examiner.com as Charlotte Gun Rights Examiner. His publishing credits include nearly 200 newspaper columns and magazine articles published in The Charlotte Observer, the Raleigh News & Observer, the Durham Herald-Sun, the Greensboro News & Record, the Asheville Tribune, and elsewhere.

As one of three founders of political non-profits Grass Roots North Carolina (GRNC) and Rights Watch International, Valone has been involved in drafting and passing firearms-related legislation since 1994. GRNC has been heavily involved in drafting and passing North Carolina's original concealed handgun law, concealed handgun reciprocity, Castle Doctrine (including "Stand Your Ground") and other measures contained in House Bill 650 in 2011, the dramatic expansion of concealed carry in HB 937 in 2013, and further improvements in 2015 via HB 562.

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