GRPC 2010 – Saturday

Nice crowd!

SATURDAY, September 25, 2010—Grand Peninsula Ballroom

Full day.  Picked up lots literature, took several photos.  Caught up with Olav from Firearms and Training and Brain from  Met more fine individuals.

Highlights from other membersSome details here, too.
7:30 a.m. Registration Table Opens
Beverages hosted by Women & Guns Magazine

8:15 a.m. Call to Order
Moderator—Julianne Versnel, director of operations, Second Amendment Foundation
Pledge of Allegiance—Mark S. Towber, president, Golden State Second Amendment Council
Invocation—John M. Snyder, founder and president, St. Gabriel Possenti Society

8:30 a.m. State of the Gun Rights Battle
Welcoming Remarks [GRPC 2011 to be in Chiacago, IL]
The Road Traveled—Joseph P. Tartaro, editor of Gun Week, president,
Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) [Wizard of Oz analogy. Wicked witch + evil monkeys = Pelosi, Holder, et al. What home is to Dorothy are civil rights for us.]
The Road Ahead—Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman, Citizens Committee for the Right to
Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and founder, SAF [Judges are important to our cause. Must prevent the appointment of anti-gun individuals to high office in government. Audience applaud for California’s progress on CCW issues. “Take the road ahead and save freedom.”]

9:00 a.m. Federal Affairs Briefing
John M. Snyder, public affairs director, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
Larry Pratt, executive director, Gun Owners of America
Jeff Knox, director, The Firearms Coalition [We win by fighting and eventually overcome. The Brady Bill took 12 years pass and the it passed on the 13th. Remain diligent. “You are the gun lobby… we are a single issue group… our single issue is liberty.”

9:30 a.m. State Legislative Affairs Briefing
State Sen. Sam Slom (R-Hawaii), trustee of the Second Amendment Foundation [“The fight here is the fight everywhere.”
Tom Pedersen, legislative liaison, California Rifle & Pistol Association
Richard Pearson, executive director, Illinois State Rifle Association
Jim Wallace, executive. director,, Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) Massachusetts [It takes 33 steps to become a gun owner]

10:15 a.m. Beverage break hosted by The New Gun Week

10:30 a.m Reloading Gun Rights Intellectual Ammunition
John R. Lott, PhD, author, More Guns Less Crime, (Third Edition)
Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA, publisher, The Volokh Conspiracy weblog [“Fitting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms in Self-Defense into Constitutional Law”

11:10 a.m. National Sovereignty vs. Global Gun Control
Julianne Versnel, publisher, Women & Guns and Journal on Firearms and Public Policy
Alan M. Gottlieb, founder, executive. vice president, Second Amendment Foundation
William McGrath, associate legislative counsel, Safari Club International
Sheldon Clare, president, National Firearms Association (Canada)

11:40 Questions & Answers session

12:00 Noon Recess and break to prepare for box luncheon

12:15 p.m. Awards Luncheon
Hosted by CCRKBA and SAF
Speakers: The Hon. Bob Barr, former congressman from Georgia
Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk radio [Buying time + distance to win gun rights; i.e. sunset clause for AWB. “If you take someone hooting, you have vaccinated them for life.” A call to gun bloggers; use power to make a difference.”
Awards presented to:
– AZ Defense League
– Mark Tobar (sp) for Grassroots Activist
– John R. Lott for Scholar OTY
– Malia Z?
– Montana Shooting Sports Association for Affiliate OTY
– Gene Hoffman
– Eugene Volokh
– Julianne Versnel – Global leadership
– Otis McDonald, Adam Orlov, Colleen and David Lawson (McDonald v. Chicago plaintiffs) Lifetime Achievement. Award accepted on their behalf by Alan Gura.

1:30 p.m. Recess Break

1:45 p.m. Building upon the McDonald decision
Alan Gura, Esq., lead counsel in Heller and McDonald Supreme Court cases
Gene Hoffman, president, CalGuns Foundation
Donald Kilmer, Esq., constitutional issues litigator, attorney in Nordyke case

2:30 p.m. The Success and Future of Concealed Carry
Massad Ayoob, author, founder Lethal Force Institute, member SAF board of trustees [CCW isn’t about the size of your wallet or political contributions, it’s a question if you are a decent person.]
Bill Caffrey, editorial advisor, Handgun Club of America
Alan Korwin, author and president, Bloomfield Press Inc. [Constitutional carry = pro-rights = liberty. Instill the value/culture of marksmanship while not mandating training.]

3:00 p.m. States Rights vs. Federalism: The Firearms Freedom Act Movement
Gary Marbut, president, Montana Shooting Sports Association
Michael Boldin, director, Tenth Amendment Center [“Do you have as much courage as the pot smokers do?” Re: defying the federal government and standing up for what is your right.]
Nick Dranias, legal director, The Goldwater Institute [“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue! – Berry Goldwater.

3:25 p.m. Beverage service hosted by

3:40 p.m. Gun Rights and the Mid-Term Elections
Alan Gottlieb, chairman, American Political Action Committee [25th year of GRPC on the 25th day of September 2010.  In 1789, congress proposed the 2nd Amendment.]
John Fields, executive director, California Rifle & Pistol Association
John Velleco, legislative director, Gun Owners of America

4:15 p.m. Diversity Among Pro-Gunners
Paxton Quigley, firearms trainer-author, Armed and Female [Women in their 20-30s did not grow up in a time when gun ownership were vilified. The time is now to capture their attention – to get them interested in firearms.]
Nicki Stallard, representing Pink Pistols
Timothy Wheeler, MD, director, Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, a project of the Claremont Institute
David Theroux, president, Independent Institute

4:45 p.m. The Progressive Right to Keep and Bear Arms Movement
Joseph P. Tartaro, editor of Gun Week, president, Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)
Zakariah Johnson, former chair, Blue Steel Democrats,
Gary Mauser, Professor Emeritus, Institute for Canadian Urban Research Studies, ,Simon Fraser University

5:15 p.m. Questions & Answers session

6:00 p.m. Announcements and Adjournment

6:30-9:00 p.m. Reception with Cash Bar—Poolside Pavilion
Hosted by National Shooting Sports Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation


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