24th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference Agenda

24th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference Agenda
September 25-27, 2009
Renaissance St. Louis Airport — St. Louis, Missouri

Second Amendment Foundation
Second Amendment Foundation

St. Louis, Missouri – -(AmmoLand.com)- Here is the completed conference agenda for the 24th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC), which will be taking place September 25, 26, and 27, 2009 at the Airport Renaissance in St. Louis, Missouri.

With the new battles over individual rights in the age of terrorism, attacks on our gun rights from the UN as well as a number of Second Amendment cases in the courts, the theme of Challenges Ahead is most important as we set the pro-gun rights agenda for the year to come.

This year GRPC will be action-packed. With over 50 speakers hand-picked from the leadership of the Gun Rights Movement, the topics to be presented promise to have an impact that will help direct the path of our cause for years to come. Scheduled speakers this year include: myself, Joe Tartaro, Wayne LaPierre, Alan Gura, John Lott, Massad Ayoob, David Kopel, John Snyder, as well as staff from the Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, National Rifle Association, National Shooting Sports Foundation, KeepAndBearArms.com, and Gun Owners of America. A number of elected political leaders have been invited as well.

FRIDAY, September 25, 2009—Renaissance Ballroom

7:00 p.m. Registration Table Opens

7–10:00 p.m. Buffet Reception with no-host bar

  • Co-hosted by Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and National Rifle Association (NRA)

SATURDAY, September 26, 2009—Concourse Ballroom

7:30 a.m. Registration Table Opens

  • Continental Breakfast hosted by Women & Guns Magazine

8:15 a.m. Call to Order

  • Moderator—Julianne Versnel Gottlieb, publisher, Women & Guns and Journal on Firearms and Public Policy
  • Pledge of Allegiance—Herbert Stupp, board member, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
  • Invocation—Rev. Anthony Winfield

8:30 a.m. State of the Gun Rights Battle

  • Welcoming Remarks
  • The Road Traveled—Joseph P. Tartaro, editor of Gun Week, president, Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)
  • The Road Ahead—Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and founder, Second Amendment Foundation

8:45 a.m. Federal Affairs Briefing

  • Charles H. Cunningham, director, federal affairs, NRA Institute for Legislative Action
  • Jake McGuigan, director of government affairs, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • John Snyder, public affairs director and board member CCRKBA, trustee of SAF
  • John Velleco, legislative director, Gun Owners of America
  • Ralph Walker, first vice president & legislative director, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association

9:30 a.m. State Legislative Affairs Briefing

  • State Sen. Doug Jackson (D-Tennessee)
  • State Sen. Phillip Journey (R-Kansas)
  • Chuck Michel, Esq., legislative counsel, California Rifle & Pistol Association
  • Tim Oliver, VP MissouriCarry.com, director, Learn To Carry LLC, and LearnToCarry.com
  • Richard Pearson, executive director, Illinois State Rifle Association

10:15 a.m. Break and refreshments sponsored by KeepAndBearArms.com

10:30 a.m. US Sovereignty, the UN and International Treaties

  • Tony Bernardo, executive director, Canadian Institute for Legislative Action
  • Silvia Gentile, Italian attorney, FISAT (Italian Guns Shooting History Association)
  • David Kopel, author and research director, The Independence Institute
  • Gary Mauser, special envoy, National Firearms Association

11:15 a.m. Questions & Answers on Federal, State and International Briefings

11:30 a.m. Special Address

  • Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president, National Rifle Association

11:50 a.m. Recess and break to prepare for luncheon

12:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon

  • Hosted by CCRKBA and SAF
  • Hon. Bob Barr, former Congressman (R-GA), 2008 Libertarian Presidential Candidate
  • Gary Mauser, professor emeritus, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Awards presentations

1:30 p.m. Recess Break

1:45 p.m. Building upon the Heller decision

  • Alan Gura, Esq., attorney who argued DC v. Heller case, co-counsel in McDonald v. Chicago
  • Gene Hoffman, chairman, CalGuns Foundation
  • Donald Kilmer, Esq., attorney who argued Nordyke v. King case
  • David Young, author, Founding Fathers’ View of the Second Amendment

2:45 p.m. Guns and the Tenth Amendment: Federalism in the 21st Century

  • Gary Marbut, president, Montana Shooting Sports Association
  • Declan McCullagh, Chief Political Correspondent, CBSNews.com
  • Patricia A. Stoneking, president, Kansas State Rifle Association

3:15 p.m. Break and refreshments hosted by KeepAndBearArms.com

3:30 p.m. On Campus Safety: The Battle Continues

  • Olivia Alexander, Kansas coordinator, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
  • Jonathan Ratliff, Missouri State director, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
  • Paul Ready, central region director, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

4:00 p.m. The Supreme Court, the Bill of Rights and Government Czars

  • Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and founder, SAF
  • Curt Levey, executive director, Committee for Justice

4:30 p.m. Expanding Self Defense and the Right to Carry

  • Jeff Knox, operations manager, The Firearms Coalition
  • State Sen. Phillip Journey (R-KS)
  • Brian Anse Patrick, associate professor, Univ. of Toledo, author, Rise of the Anti-Media: In-Forming
  • the American Concealed Weapon Carry Movement (Lexington Press, November 2009)
  • State Sen. Sam Slom (R-HI), trustee of the Second Amendment Foundation

5:00 p.m. The Widening Attack on Knives and Ammunition

  • Scott Hattrup, Executive Director, National Association of Arms Shows
  • Jake McGuigan, director of government affairs, National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Doug Ritter, founder, Knife Rights Inc.
  • Ralph Walker, first vice president, National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association

5:30 p.m. Question & Answers on Saturday afternoon sessions

6:00 p.m. Announcements and Adjournment

6:30-9:30 p.m. Reception with Cash Bar—Renaissance Ballroom

  • Hosted by National Shooting Sports Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation

SUNDAY, September 27, 2009—Renaissance Ballroom

8:15 a.m. Registration Table Opens

  • Continental Breakfast hosted by The New Gun Week

8:50 a.m. CALL TO ORDER

  • Moderator: Peggy Tartaro, editor of Women & Guns, board member CCRKBA

9:00 a.m. Labor Pains and Gun Rights

  • Jim Church, Michigan activists, former NRA board member, UAW member
  • John Cushman, president SAFE Inc., NRA board member, Teamsters member
  • Joseph P. Tartaro, editor of Gun Week, president of SAF

9:30 a.m. Countering the Media Bias against Guns

  • Charles Heller, Liberty Watch Radio
  • Don Irvine, president, Accuracy in Media
  • Dave Workman, senior editor, The New Gun Week
  • Malia Zimmerman, editor, Hawaii Reporter

10:00 a.m. Will the Second Amendment be a Victim of the Mexican Drug Wars?

  • Chris Knox, communications director, The Firearms Coalition
  • David Kopel, author and senior policy analyst, The Independence Institute
  • Joe Waldron, legislative director and board member, CCRKBA

10:30a.m. Open Carry and Public, High Profile Events

  • Brian Anse Patrick, Assoc. Prof., University of Toledo, author, Rise of the Anti-Media: In-Forming
  • The American Concealed Weapon Carry Movement (Lexington Press, November 2009)
  • Jim Perdiew, president, Handgun Club of America
  • John Pierce, co-founder, OpenCarry.org, writer, Minneapolis Gun Rights Examiner
  • Phil Van Cleave, president, Virginia Citizens Defense League

11:15 a.m. Reciprocity Issues with Gun Free School Zones

  • John Fenter, board member, Virginia Citizens Defense League
  • Phil Van Cleave, president, Virginia Citizens Defense League

11:30 a.m. Keeping Your Family Safe

  • Timothy Wheeler, MD, director, Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, co-author of Keeping Your Family Safe
  • Rev. Anthony Winfield, chaplain, Elmhurst Hospital, NY, NY, author of Self-Defense and the Bible
  • John Wipfler MD, co-author of Keeping Your Family Safe

12:00 p.m. Report of the Resolutions Committee

  • Don Gaikins, president, Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance
  • Kevin Jamison, Esq., author of Gun Rights of Missouri
  • Genie Jennings, Women & Guns columnist
  • Richard Pearson, president, Illinois State Rifle Association
  • Harold Schroeder, chairman, SCOPE Inc., and NRA board member
  • Timothy Wheeler, MD, director, Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership
  • Robert Wiest, Second Amendment Foundation board of trustees, Tennessee activist

1:00 p.m. Closing remarks and adjournment

  • Alan M. Gottlieb and Joseph P. Tartaro

Participating Organizations and Entities:
Academics for the Second Amendment • Accuracy in Media •·Airline Pilots Security Alliance • American Political Action Committee • Arizona Citizens Defense League • Arizona Rifle & Pistol Association • Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs • Bloomfield Press • Buckeye Firearms Association • CalGuns Foundation • California Rifle & Pistol Association • Canadian Institute for Legislative Action • Central New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Club • Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen • Committee for Justice • Defensive Handgun Training LLC • Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership: a project of the Claremont Institute • Fifty Caliber Shooters Institute • Firearms Coalition • FISAT • Gateway Civil Liberties Alliance • GeorgiaCarry.org • Golden State Second Amendment Council • Gottlieb-Tartaro Report • Grass Roots North Carolina • Gun Owners Action League • Gun Owners Action League (Massachusetts) • Gun Owners Action League of Washington • Gun Owners of America • Gun Owners of California • Gun Owners of New Hampshire • Gun Owners of South Carolina • GunFacts.info • Handgun Club of America • Hawaii Reporter.com • Hawaii State Rifle and Pistol Association • Houston Gun Collectors Assoc. • Illinois State Rifle Association • IllinoisCarry.com • Independence Institute • Indiana State Rifle & Pistol Association • International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights • Iowa Carry • Kansas State Rifle Association • Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed • Kentucky Firearms Foundation • KnifeRights.org • LearntoCarry.com• Liberty Watch Radio • Madison Society Foundation • Marylanders for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership • Microsoft© Gun Club • MissouriCarry.com • Missouri Concealed Carry • Missouri Sports Shooting Association • Missourians for Personal Safety • Montana Shooting Sports Association • National Association of Arms Shows • National Association of Chiefs of Police • National Firearms Association • National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association • National Rifle Association • National Shooting Sports Foundation • NRA-ILA • Ohio Gun Collectors Association • OpenCarry.org • Our Safer Community • Pennsylvania Gun Owners Association • Peoples Rights Organization • Rhode Island Citizens’ Rights Action League • S.A.F.E. • Second Amendment Films • Second Amendment Sisters • Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE) • Single Action Shooters Society • Small Arms Review • Sportsmen's Association for Firearms Education • St. Gabriel Possenti Society • Students for Concealed Carry on Campus • Students for the Second Amendment • Texas Concealed Handgun Association • Texas State Rifle Association • Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk Radio Show • Virginia Citizens Defense League • Washington Arms Collectors • Western Missouri Shooters Alliance • Women & Guns Magazine.

Funded By:

  • Bank of America
  • BCN Telecom
  • Benelli
  • Bushmaster
  • Charter Arms
  • DPMS Panther Arms
  • GunBookStore.com
  • Illinois State Rifle Association
  • Kahr Arms
  • KeepAndBearArms.com
  • Kel-Tec
  • Marlin Firearms
  • Microsoft© Gun Club
  • National Rifle Association
  • National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Remington
  • Smith & Wesson
  • Sturm, Ruger & Co.
  • The New Gun Week
  • Thompson Center Arms

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