April 19, 2023
NSSF PROFILE Q & A: U.S. Rep. Chuck Edwards (R-N.C.)
Editor’s Note: We are pleased to post the latest of our occasional Q&A features with an elected official who supports hunting and the shooting sports. NSSF thanks U.S. Rep. Chuck Edwards (R-N.C.) for agreeing to talk with us. Rep. Edwards is a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) and owns and operates Second Amendment Gun Traders in Hendersonville, N.C.
1) Who introduced you to hunting and the shooting sports?
My dad and uncle took me deer hunting when I was very young. In preparation for the trip, they took me to my grandma’s front yard and helped me shoot pumpkins in the garden across the creek with a .30-06. I was hooked on shooting from the moment I hit my first target.
2) Describe your favorite hunting or shooting sports activity.
I find that shooting sporting clays is the most fun that one can have with a firearm. It’s challenging and gives one a purpose to develop their shooting skills, in addition to giving me a reason to get outdoors and enjoy time with friends. My last shooting experience was on a sporting clay range.
3) Which piece of pending legislation related to the firearm industry is particularly important to you and why?
The most important legislation pending at this time is to nullify the unelected bureaucrats trying to make law through the ATF by outlawing pistol braces. Our federal government is declaring war on law-abiding citizens by telling them a few years ago that they could own these devices, and now wants to make them felons overnight. I also strongly support concealed-carry reciprocity between states. Law-abiding gun owners should not be considered to be breaking the law just because they cross a state line. Our Second Amendment rights should apply no matter what state we go to.
4) What do you see as the challenges and opportunities for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts?
I shudder when I hear the term “commonsense gun control,” and it’s frightening to hear what that “innocuous” term means to different people. I choose to not give any ground to anyone wanting to further infringe upon our Second Amendment rights.
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