AmmoLand News Sweeps Gun Rights Policy Conference Defender of Liberty Awards

Dean Weingarten 2019 Defender of Freedom Award
Dean Weingarten, recipient of the SAF & CCRKBA 2019 Defender of Liberty Award

Pheonix, AZ – -( The AmmoLand News team swept up the most award wins at this past weekend’s Gun Rights Policy Conference with two Defenders of Liberty winners.

The Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) is an annual get together of the leaders from all parts of the 2A community and was held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix, AZ 85021. It is co-sponsored by SAF and CCRKBA. This year had a record turnout of attendees including hundreds of Second Amendment activists and experts from across the country.

AmmoLand News’ own Dean Weingarten was the big winner of the 2019 Defender of Liberty award for his unrelenting coverage of local, state, federal and international news or events related to our right to keep and bear arms.

Dean Weingarten is also our resident expert on bear-defense with dozens of articles on the subject on AmmoLand News. Dean has been writing with AmmoLand since 2013 with a record 1360+ articles covering everything from politics to gun buybacks, to international defense with a gun, to hunting in Australia. His knowledge and dedication to defending our Second Amendment is unquestionable, and he is an excellent example of the best-of-the-best 2A writers that share the pages of AmmoLand News.

AmmoLand News Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Fredy Riehl, was also on the podium and is now a two-time award winner.

“While it is nice to be personally recognized and to hear that what we do every day at AmmoLand News is making a difference, this award really belongs to the entire team behind the scenes at AmmoLand. Especially, our co-founder, Brian Johnson, and our Editor, Duncan Johnson as well as all the dedicated and talented writers, reporters, volunteer contributors, and industry partners that give AmmoLand News our collective voice. Thank you to the entire team.”

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“All of us combined are unstoppable in our defense of the Second Amendment. As AmmoLand News is now one of the most-read news websites on the internet we will continue that fight as we grow even bigger and more influential”.

“Thank you to all the readers and email subscribers that support us daily. Without your reading and sharing of our stories, we would have been blocked and shadow-banned out of existence by the powerful & biased internet search or social media systems. Thank you for crowd-sharing our way past their freedom-censorship walls that continue to block our daily coverage of positive pro-gun news.” ~ said Editor-in-Chief, Fredy Riehl.

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Ansel Hazen

Congrats Dean.


Congratulations Dean and thank you for all you do.


Not surprising, Mr. Weingarten is one of my favorite reporters in ANY genre; always concise, clear and well written articles. I am glad you’re on our side sir, congratulations!

Dean Weingarten

Thank you all. None of my writing would matter, if no one read it.

Green Mtn. Boy

Congratulations Mr. Weingarten !


Dean’s not just a good firearms writer, he’s a good writer, period. He’s clear and concise. He could write about anything, but let’s hope he sticks to guns, for now.


Well deserved – congratulations!


Dean is a sharp cat and nice guy. See ya at SHOT Dean.


I enjoy reading Dean’s articles and find them very informative. Come to think about it, I don’t remember any grammar nazis criticising him which is an accomplishment in itself. Congratulations.


Way to go Dean..Many thanks for all you do!

Liston Matthews

Well deserved, Dean. Dig the nouveau chapeau.


Interesting close to the article. The three second video at the end of the article seems to imply that “The time for ‘Brown-coats’ to unite is near!