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Charles Cotton

Charles CottonCharles Cotton grew up in Houston, Texas, where he was first introduced to the shooting sports on his uncle’s dairy farm. At the age of 4, Cotton took aim with his uncle’s Remington .22 LR rifle for the very first time. His target was an old motor oil can on a fence post. When he squeezed the trigger and saw the can split open, his love of shooting was affirmed.

Cotton was also influenced by a neighbor who was a collector and an active competitor holding several national records. He shared his hobby with Cotton and even taught him to reload.

Cotton has since become an avid gun collector, advocate, hunter and pistol shooter. He currently resides in Friendswood, Texas, with his wife of 41 years, Martha. They have instilled a love of the shooting sports in their two sons as well.

As a competitive action pistol shooter and an active life member of the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), Cotton has served tirelessly as unofficial legislative counsel for TSRA and has been an integral component in passing several bills protecting the rights of shooters in Texas. He also serves on the board of directors of the PSC Shooting Club, Inc. in Friendswood.

In addition to supporting the shooting sports legislatively, Cotton also promotes outdoor and shooting programs for kids. He is the founder of the Youth Action Pistol League, a new program for junior shooters. He spends much of his time teaching youth how to safely use and enjoy firearms.

Cotton has been a dedicated NRA Board member for 13 years. He has also been elected to the Board of Trustees of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund. Cotton said, “It has been an honor to serve on numerous NRA committees and to work with so many talented and dedicated fellow board members.”

Cotton uses his position to stress the importance of NRA membership, “The NRA’s strength is its members. The anti-freedom crowd has almost unlimited financial resources, but NRA members trump that financial strength with their votes.”


Individual profiles of members of the NRA Board of Directors and their efforts to preserve our right to keep and bear arms.


Allan D. Cors
Carl Rowan Jr.
Carolyn Meadows
Charles Cotton
Richard Childress
Curtis Jenkins
Dave Butz
Graham Hill
Howard J. Walter
Tom King
Owen Buz Mills
Robert J. Wos
Sen. Johnny Nugent
Stephen D. Hornady