Upcoming Gun Rights Conference features loaded agenda

More than a thousand people have pre-registered for this weekend’s 34th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., and they’ll be facing a jam-packed agenda featuring about 90 speakers, occupying panels over a full Saturday and half of Sunday.

Alan Gottlieb speaks at a previous Gun Rights Policy Conference. This weekend, the 34th annual GRPC will unfold in Phoenix. (Dave Workman)

According to Alan Gottlieb, founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, pre-registrations have set a record. This is also the most speakers ever scheduled for the conference, which brings together gun rights advocates from across the country, and some from beyond its borders.

Conservative Firing Line obtained a draft of the agenda, and among the names scheduled to speak Mark Walters, host of Armed American Radio; Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk Radio; author and researcher John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center; major league pitcher Curt Schilling; Mike Piwowarski, host of Arms Room Radio; and literally dozens of others.

The opening segment will be a brief discussion about the controversy surrounding the National Rifle Association featuring Rob Pincus, director of media relations for Save the Second, and Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Association.

There will be two panels on state legislative affairs, a “federal affairs briefing” with Mark Barnes, Barnes & Associates, plus a briefing on the industry perspective with Rick Patterson, executive director of the Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute.
One panel will discuss the gun rights battle from the media perspective. Another panel will report on “Women & Guns.” A legal panel with seven attorneys will brief the audience on current legal actions. Plus Jennifer Stuber, director of the Forefront Suicide Prevention project and professor at the University of Washington will discuss suicide prevention.
And that merely scratches the proverbial surface.

The “GRPC” as it has come to be known has a rich history of bringing together many if not most of the top minds in Second Amendment activism. The list of past speakers reads like a Who’s Who of gun rights leaders. Over the past 34 years, this conference has helped launch grassroots activism efforts in many states, provided a useful forum to discuss Second Amendment litigation, and given activists the opportunity to network with one another.

Best part about this year’s event is that it will be live-streamed on the Second Amendment Foundation’s Facebook page. Last year—the first year this was attempted—more than 100,000 people were able to watch all or part of the conference from home.


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