Timing is everything, and that fact is not lost on the Second Amendment Foundation and its sister organization the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, because just as the left has been railing about guns and Congress is getting set to consider new legislation in September, both organizations are gearing up for the 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix.
This year’s event will be held the weekend of Sept. 20-22, with the opening day to include another workshop for gun rights bloggers. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel, 2620 W Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. Attendance is free, and on-line registration is available at www.saf.org/grpc.
Last year, according to SAF’s Alan Gottlieb, GRPC drew the largest audience in history because it was live-streamed via social media. That’s the plan again this year, he said.
The conference typically draws several hundred Second Amendment activists from across the country for two days of panel discussions featuring some of the top leaders in the gun rights movement.
According to Gottlieb, the full list of speakers is not finalized, but there will be appearances by nationally-syndicated radio hosts Tom Gresham (Gun Talk) and Mark Walters (Armed America Radio), SAF President Joseph Tartaro, Stephen Gutowski with the Washington Free Beacon and AWR Hawkins with Breitbart.com and many others. Gottlieb will report on the political outlook as the 2020 presidential election season looms.
In addition, there will be representatives from Gun Owners of America, the National Rifle Association, Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership.
There’s an awards luncheon on Saturday, and receptions both Friday and Saturday evening in the hotel.
Gun Rights conferences cover all the bases, from state and federal legislation to legal actions, concealed carry, and politics.
In the wake of three high-profile mass shootings, there has been much media attention to firearms, and no doubt that will be a major issue next month as well. Congress is scheduled to take up several proposals and that action will have begun by the time the conference convenes.
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