Writer in Hudson, Ohio
A long-time grassroots armed citizen advocate, David Codrea has been writing professionally about the right to keep and bear arms since 1999, initially for GUNS & AMMO magazine, then moving on to HANDGUNS, and for the last nine years at GUNS, where he is a field editor producing the monthly “Rights Watch” column.
A panelist selected by The New York Times blog to discuss the Virginia Tech shootings, he has been written about in various news reports, including by The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Arizona Republic, WorldNetDaily, BuzzFeed, the Romanian newspaper, Adevărul, and even the science journal Nature.
Blogging at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance, Codrea has also been a frequent (and frequently invited back) guest on national and major market radio and television programs, most recently with appearances on Lou Dobbs Tonight. He was also a featured speaker at the Second Amendment March in Washington D.C. in 2010, the keynote speaker at the Georgia Carry Annual Convention in 2012, the keynote speaker for Connecticut Citizens Defense League at their 2014 rally in Hartford at the State Capitol, guest speaker at Virginia Citizens Defense League's 2015 Lobby Day rally , and keynote speaker at Arizona Citizens Defense League's 2015 Annual Meeting.
Codrea was named Gun Rights Defender of the Month in April, 2007 by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms for persuading the Bush administration to strike “collective rights” language from the Federal Register in an FAA ruling. In 2011, he was named “Journalist of the Year” by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work exposing the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, and was a co-recipient of Soldier of Fortune Magazine’s “2nd Amendment Freedom Fighter Award,” and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership’s “David and Goliath Award” for his work on that story. He was also named a 2014 Defender of Liberty by the Second Amendment Foundation.