Last night there was plenty of discussion among Second Amendment activists gathered in Phoenix for the 30th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) regarding the resignation of House Speaker John Boehner, and today there will probably be more as the “main event” unfolds at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel.
The gathering looks like a veritable Who’s Who of gun rights advocates, with people coming here from as far away as Maine, New York, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Minnesota, California, the Pacific Northwest and all points in between. The two-day event features panel discussions on state and federal affairs, 3-D printing, legal actions, dealing with the press and global gun control efforts.
Today’s program also features the annual awards luncheon, and a report from author and researcher John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center. Jim Irvine, president of the Buckeye Firearms Foundation, will offer a presentation on reversing school disarmament, and a panel of medical professionals from Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership will explain “What’s Wrong with Obama’s Gun Control Medicine.”
This event is co-sponsored by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. The GRPC is held in a different location every year, and this year’s turnout could be heavy, judging from the number of people who showed up at Friday evening’s reception, co-hosted by SAF, CCRKBA and the U.S. Concealed Carry Association.
Hitting the 30-year mark is a milestone for SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. What started as a comparatively modest effort in 1985 has become an important annual event for Second Amendment advocates. Gottlieb was there to greet them at last night’s opening reception.
High on many minds last night was who might replace Boehner as House Speaker. As this column noted Friday, this crowd wants someone who can be counted on to protect the Second Amendment.
The GRPC continues Sunday with presentations on knife rights, suppressors and women’s issues, working with the media, public outreach programs, the 2016 elections and how to build state coalitions. More than 60 speakers are on the schedule.
And things got off to an interesting start at shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday when there was a false fire alarm that literally got everybody “up and at ‘em.” A quick response by the fire department got everyone back to their rooms for an early start to what promises to be an interesting day.
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