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Charles Cotton

Charles CottonCharles Cotton is a civil trial attorney and partner with the Cotton-Farrell law firm focusing on representing sport shooting ranges and mediation. He is an NRA Benefactor Member and TSRA Life Member, and a seminar creator and speaker on Texas carry, self-defense laws, and constitutional protections.

Charles has authored all or part of numerous pro-firearms bills in Texas since 1987, including the original Concealed Handgun License law and subsequent "clean-up" bills, the Texas version of the Castle Doctrine law, the Motorist Protection Act, the law dealing with improper posting under PC 30.06, and the Texas Range Protection Law, under which he also won the state's first trial. Since 1987, Charles has testified in numerous public hearings in the Texas House and Senate. He is frequently interviewed by radio, TV, and newspaper reporters concerning firearms and self-defense laws.

Charles has served as pro bono legislative counsel for Texas State Rifle Association since 1987, and is a recipient of the TSRA 2006 Presidential Citation Award. He is the founder of the TexasCHLforum.com and the Texas Firearms Coalition.

Charles has been a Member of the NRA Board of Directors since 2001, where he serves on the Legal Affairs, Finance, and Pistol Committees. He is also a Trustee on the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Board, and is Chairman of the Audit Committee and Vice-Chairman of the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee.

Charles can shoot too. He is an IDPA competitive shooter, an NRA Certified Instructor, a Texas License to Carry a Handgun Instructor, and has completed numerous tactical firearms courses, including many at Thunder Ranch. Charles is also a hunter and collector.