Are You a Gun-Friendly Lawyer?
By Keith Jones

GRNC lawyer referral service

GRNC is often asked for the names of lawyers friendly to gun ownership to assist members in legal difficulties.  We are certainly aware -- as many of you are -- that there are a number of attorneys who believe in the Second Amendment and quite a few of them are fellow gun owners.  The trick, of course, when trouble arises is finding one of them.  No one likes the idea of entrusting their gun owning future to a barrister who is hostile to this most important right.

With this in mind, GRNC is putting out a call for attorneys who wish to be included in the GRNC Lawyer Referral Service. This service will be free and administered at the sole discretion of GRNC. Inclusion will result from agreement between GRNC and the individual and removal will result from the decision of either party.


Ronald J. Shook II, Ron is a ferocious supporter of the Second Amendment. He has twice sued Sheriff Garry McFadden on behalf of GRNC for his unconstitutional treatment of gun permitting in Mecklenburg County. Ron is a lifetime member of GRNC, and he is licensed to practice in all NC State and Federal Courts. He has helped people all over the state to restore their gun rights, and he frequently represents individuals on appeal for denial of a concealed handgun permit. Ron has proven that he is the "go-to" guy when it comes to gun rights in North Carolina. If you are looking to restore your gun rights after a felony conviction, or involuntary commitment, or you have been wrongly denied a concealed handgun permit or firearm purchase, Ron can help!

Tel. 704.671.2390

121 East Main Ave. Gastonia, NC 28052


Mark Edwards, I am originally from Mt. Airy, NC. I graduated from UNC in 1982 and in 1985 I graduated from the UNC School of Law.  I passed the FL bar and worked initially as an assistant public defender in Martin County, FL. I tried mostly serious felony cases while a PD. 

In December 1990, I moved back to NC and took a position as an assistant public defender in Durham.  After a few months on the job, I was promoted to Chief Assistant of the office. I have tried well over 100 serious felony cases to verdict in state and federal court.  I have been on teams of attorneys who have gotten three men off death row in NC.  I won a federal criminal appeal in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond.

I entered private practice in December 1993.  My practice is approximately 95% state and federal criminal defense (I also handle traffic matters and an occasional personal injury case). I am Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law and have been so since November 1993. PO Box 51295, Durham, NC 27717, (919) 688-9555




Dan Hardway, Constitutional firearms litigation (won Britt v. NC), small business, nonprofit and estate planning representation. 86 E. Depot Street, Angier, NC 27501. 919-639-7145. Email: (919) 639-7145, fax: (919) 341-2331. (Note: Dan has moved most of his practice to West Virginia and may or may not accept additional NC cases.)


Chapel Hill


Gregory Herman-Giddens, JD, LLM, TEP, CFP, Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning (including NFA Gun Trusts) and Probate Law (NC), registered Trust and Estate Practitioner with offices in North Carolina, Miami, and New York.

Main office is 205 Providence Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, 919-493-6351 or 800-201-0413, fax 919-493-6355. The firm is also known as Southern Gun Law Group –




Christopher A. Connelly, P.A, is a Board Certified Specialist in North Carolina State Criminal Law and has been practicing criminal defense and firearm rights litigation for over 30 years.

He handles all types of criminal cases in Federal and State courts, including Domestic Violence, Driving While Impaired, Traffic offenses, Drug and Weapon cases.

Chris is a tenacious fighter for firearm rights,  including restoration of rights for felony and mental health prohibitions and appealing permits that have been wrongfully denied.

101 North McDowell Street, Suite 104, Charlotte, NC 28204, (704)376-9376,FAX (704)376-3316, or


Thomas Faulk, small business law, North Carolina firearms law, 704-540-7556, P.O. Box 49433, Charlotte, N.C. 28277,


Mark N. Kerkhoff, civil employment law/HR attorney with practice limited exclusively to employment law, including employment contracts, company handbooks, wage and hour policy formulation, employee discipline, complex employment law research and opinions, complex employment law regulatory compliance, defense of administrative charges filed before the EEOC/DOL/other agencies, and defense of employment law litigation claims in state and federal court.  Mr. Kerkhoff was selected to the 2013 and 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Stars listing, a blue ribbon peer nomination and top selection process conferred upon less than 2.5% of attorneys in their respective practice areas across the state.  He has also been recognized for multiple years in Business NC Magazine’s Legal Elite in the ‘Young Guns’ and ‘Employment Law’ categories.

Email to and website at


Eric Rowell, currently inactive, resides in Mecklenburg County, prior experience in both civil and criminal law. Also licensed in South Carolina;




John M. Friguglietti, Jr., member of Second Amendment friendly full service law firm which also takes cases dealing with firearms, permits, etc. in Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln and Cabarrus counties, 704-892-1173, 575 Davidson Gateway Dr., Suite 101, Davidson, NC 28036,




John Agner, criminal law, 919-736-9200, 214 South William St. Suite #3, Goldsboro, NC 27530,


Keith Rouse, Rouse Law Office, PO Box 1816, 312 E. Walnut St., Goldsboro, NC  27533, (919) 736 2440,

Keith’s practice is almost exclusively criminal defense. He has represented many people who, were accused of wrongful use or possession of a firearm, and he has also tried cases where the, State and his clients differed in their views of whether individuals properly defended themselves, from an aggressor.

Keith’s motivating passion in criminal defense is respect for the Bill of Rights and the principles, of limited government. Keith’s life experiences have molded into him a heartfelt reverence for the fundamental rights belonging to every human, the idea that government is a covenant rather than a conquest, and the right and responsibility of self and family preservation. His latest professional horizon is in federal court. He is learning how to defend clients from prosecutions brought by the United States government.

If you find yourself at odds with a government over a firearms-related issue where you believe you are right; or even if you think you may be wrong, call Keith. He will meet with you at no charge for a consultation and give you the best advice he can give.


Hickory, Newton, Catawba and Lincoln Counties


Francis P. Valone Law Offices, PLLC,, 118 N. College Ave., Ste 5, Newton, NC 28658,  704-325-3557, District Court Criminal and traffic matters in Catawba and surrounding counties, as well as wills, firearm law, gun trusts and personal injury cases.




A.L. "Buddy" Collins, general practice with emphasis on District Court matters, dealing with criminal, traffic, domestic, and general civil litigation, also includes representation in matters dealing with Wills/Estates, Business Formation and Real Estate; 430 West Mountain Street, Kernersville, NC 27284, 336-996-7921 phone, 336-996-6589 fax,




Tickle Law Office, P.C., 103 Market Street Louisburg, NC 27549, (919) 496-1201 office,

Lawrence at Tickle Law Office serves the triangle and beyond. He is passionate about firearm rights in that he is a licensed federal dealer, teaches concealed carry classes, helps people restore firearms rights, and is proficient in gun trusts. Not to mention he zealously advocates for those charged with gun crimes. Gun rights are always on his mind especially when advising clients of their rights and what certain convictions can mean to their right to carry or own firearms. Not only does he practice in those areas, he also practices domestic violence which violates the 2nd amendment, family law, estate planning, DWI's and more. Feel free to contact him for assistance.




Neil T. Oakley, Civil, Criminal, & Appellate Litigation; Constitutional Law; Business Law, Family Law; Real Property Law; Licensed to practice in all NC State & Federal Courts, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US Supreme Court; NC CCW permit holder & Life Member of GRNC. 120 Applecross Rd., Pinehurst, NC 28374; (910) 692-4900 (W), (910) 692-1768 (F),




The Law Office of Aidan Toland, PLLC Criminal defense, Traffic, NFA gun trusts and the Restoration of Gun Rights; 5 W. Hargett Street Suite 310, Raleigh, NC 27601; Phone:(919) 406-4748, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Thom Goolsby, Criminal Defense, DWI, Personal Injury, Workers Comp; 212 Walnut Street Suite 100, Wilmington, NC 28401; Toll Free 800-956-4866 or 910-763-3339;



James Barrett Wilson, Jr., is a 2nd Amendment attorney practicing in North Carolina for over 25 years. The law offices of James Barrett Wilson and the attorney network of North Carolina Gun Trust covers the entire state and devotes a substantial portion of our practice to NC and Federal firearms law issues with an emphasis on creating NFA Gun Trusts, Permitting, Castle Doctrine, Expungements, Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. We specialize in helping you navigate the delicate and complicated process of NFA regulations. Our attorney custom-drafted NFA Gun Trusts are often completed within 48 hours of our receipt of your information. 411 Waughtown Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27127, Phone: 336-773-0059 (Office); 336-575-9512 (24hr Cell). Website:


If you are a gun-friendly lawyer, please contact GRNC president Paul Valone at or (704) 907-9206.