GRPC 2012 Protecting the Rights to Protect – Episode #153

Audio in this episode was recorded live September 29, 2012 at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando Florida. “Protecting the Rights to Protect” panel started at 11:20 AM that morning and there are a total of 1 speaker. Biographical information of each speaker is below. It was supplied to us from the Second Amendment Foundation.

Thanks to Charles Heller from Liberty Watch Radio for supplying us with the audio.

Mark O' Mara
Mark M. O’Mara has been practicing Criminal and Family Law in Central Florida for 28 years, and is presently Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist and a Marital and Family Law Specialist. Mark is a formerfelony prosecutor and Division Chief and has handled all types of criminal cases, including traffic, property crimes, DUI, drug cases and Death Penalty cases. He has extensive trial experience in both state and federal criminal defense. Mark also represents clients in contested divorce cases, involving child time sharing issues, alimony and division of assets. Mark is also involved in many Bar activities, including serving as President of the Seminole County Bar Association and serving on both Circuit and Federal Grievance Commit-tees. He currently serves as the legal analyst for Central Florida’s WKMG Channel 6.

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GRPC 2012 Stand your Ground – Laws under Fire – Episode #152

Audio in this episode was recorded live September 29, 2012 at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando Florida. “Stand your Ground” – Laws under Fire panel started at 11:00 AM that morning and there are a total of 2 speakers. Biographical information of each speaker is below. It was supplied to us from the Second Amendment Foundation.

Thanks to Charles Heller from Liberty Watch Radio for supplying us with the audio.

Eric Friday, Esq. (No biographical data available)

Jon H. Gutmacher is a criminal trial attorney who handles primarily firearm, weapon, and self-defense related cases in the Central Florida and Space Coast area. He is a former prosecutor, and police legal advisor. He is also an NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, and NRA Certified Refuse to be a Victim Instructor. He was one of the four primary organizers of the 1994 Tallahassee Freedom Rally that helped stop Florida’s assault Jon H. Gutmacherweapons ban. He has appeared numerous times on national and local television on firearm and Second Amendment issues, is the author of the leading book on Florida and Federal firearms, weapons, and self defense laws entitled: “Florida Firearms Law, Use & Ownership”, has a popular pro-gun blog, is referral counsel for the NRA, and Gun Owners of America, and frequently lectures on firearm and self defense issues to both civilian, professional, and law enforcement groups.

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GRPC 2012 Global Gun Control: Down but Not Out – Episode #151

Audio in this episode was recorded live September 29, 2012 at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando Florida. The Global Gun Control: Down but Not Out panel started at 10:30 AM that morning and there are a total of 4 speakers. Biographical information of each speaker is below. It was supplied to us from the Second Amendment Foundation. Thanks to Charles Heller from Liberty Watch Radio for supplying us with the audio.

Gary W. Burris is a retired senior engineer and he is founder and president of Lone Star Shooting Association (LSSA) located in Houston, Texas. LSSA is a 3-Gun shooting association organized as a non-profit corporation that raises funds to support gun rights and freedoms around the world. He is a defenders club member of the Second Amendment Foundation, endowment member of NRA, and life member of FISAT (the Italian gun rights organization). His travels abroad teaching classes on gun safety and sport shooting have given him an opportunity to learn and appreciate the unique efforts required to protect gun rights in those countries who do not have a Second Amendment. Understanding the importance of shooting sports as a political force to preserve gun rights as the key way to protect them is critical. The organization of shooting matches has proved to be a strong tool to help build solid court cases for the protection of gun rights in Europe.

Gary Burris & Sheldon Clare Sheldon Clare Sheldon holds a Master of Arts degree in military history from Norwich University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia. He teaches history and English at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC. Sheldon is active in the community and has served two terms as the president of his local Royal Canadian Legion. He served as a reserve officer and retired from service in 1988. He qualified as a military parachutist and is a recipient of the Special Service Medal with NATO bar and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Sheldon Clare was elected President of Canada’s National Firearms Association in June 2010. Prior to that he served as BC Branch President of the National Firearms Association for 11 years, and was a director and area representative of the NFA for sev-eral years before that. Sheldon is also past president of the Prince George Rod and Gun Club. He has com-peted in DCRA/BCRA small–bore rifle, IPSC matches, long range centrefire, and has recently taken upshooting a flintlock. He is collects a variety of military firearms and is also a hunter safety examiner and instructor. He was a delegate at the UN ATT talks and at the UN Programme of Action on Small arms and Light Weapons in 2012. Sheldon resides with his wife Manuela and their two daughters in Prince George, BC.

Julianne Versnel is director of operations for SAF, the publisher of Women & Guns and Journal on Firearms and Public Policy. She represents the Second Amendment Foundation on the Executive Committee of the World Forum on Shooting Activities. She is the main UN representative for ACU, reminding delegates in New York and Vienna Julianne Versnelthat there is a right to self-defense. She is a founding officer of the International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR). Collision Course, her book about the United Nations push for gun control,is currently waiting for its final chapter as the four week ATT Confernce ended in July without consensus. It is anticipated that there will be another ATT Conference in early 2013.

Major General U.S Army (Ret.) D. Allen Youngman enlisted in the United States Army as a Private in 1969 and was commissioned through Infantry Officer Candidate School in 1970. Significant assignments included duty with the 8th and 11th Special Forces Groups; Military Assistance Command (Viet Nam); 101st Airborne Division; 149th Armor Brigade; Office of the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; and as the Adjutant General of Kentucky. In 2003 he retired after more than 34 years service. His awards include the Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, and the Special Forces Tab. His military education includes the Special Forces Officer Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. His civilian education includes both a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Defense Small Arms Advisory Council, an association comprised of most US-based military firearms manufacturers.

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GRPC 2012 State Legislative Affairs Briefing 2 – Episode #150

Audio in this episode was recorded live September 29, 2012 at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando Florida. The State Legislative Affairs Briefing panel started at 10:00 AM that morning and there are a total of 5 speakers. Biographical information of each speaker is below. It was supplied to us from the Second Amendment Foundation.

Thanks to Charles Heller from Liberty Watch Radio for supplying us with the audio.

Stephen J. Aldstadt is serving his third term as president of SCOPE Inc., Shooters Committee On Political Education, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the right to keep and bear arms in New York State. See www.SCOPEny.org. An Endowment member of the NRA and an NRA cer-tified Range Safety Officer and instructor in Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun, he is also certified to teach rifle by the 4H Shootings Sports organization and is a Boy Scout Merit badge Councilor for Rifle and Shotgun. He serves on the executive committee of the New York Sportsmen’s advisory council and is a 2012 inductee into the New York Outdoorsmen’s Hall of Fame.

Thomas Bolioli is a Commonwealth Second Amendment co-founder and serves as the Board’s Secretary and Operations Director. He has over 17 years of experience in IT and has a Masters degree from Brown University. Mr. Bolioli has owned and operated a consulting firm in MA since 2001.

Don Moran took over the helm as President of the Illinois State Rifle Association in September of 2005 after serving on its Board of Directors since the mid 1980s. The ISRA was established in 1903 and has a long history of competitive shooting since the 1960s, legislative lobbying. Don has added the field of litigation to his arsenal in the all-out Don Moranassault against the anti-gun nemesis of the universe, Chicago Politics. Since that time the ISRA has increased its number of lobbyists in the Illinois State Capital been involved in numerous legal cases, most notably as plaintiffs in SAF’s McDonald v Chicago. They have developed a state wide attorney referral system where people can easily find attorneys with firearms rights expertise and hosted a “Second Amendment and Section 1983” symposium at John Marshall Law School in Chicago that offered Continuing Legal Education Credits to practicing attorneys.

Tony Montanarella is the President of the California Rifle and Pistol Association. He has been a CRPA member since 1987 and a board member since 2001 He is also an NRA life member and a member of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association, The Nevada Firearms Coalition and the Texas State Rifle Association. Mr. Montanarella is a US Marine Corps Veteran having served in the infantry, artillery and reconnaissance and is a veteran law enforcement officer with a municipal police agency in Southern California. He has been CRPA’s President since 2011. Mr. Montanarella is also President of the CRPA Foundation, an organization focusing on public education and strategic litigation in the second amendment arena. Mr. Montanarella believes that the anti-gun environment in California must be confronted by a coordinated and united coalition of pro-gun groups.

Philip Van Cleave is the President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a position he has held since 2001. Besides having his own software business, Philip served for six Philip Van Cleaveyears as a reserve deputy sheriff in Texas in the 70’s. In his work with VCDL he has received a “Gun Rights Defender of the Month” award in 2004 (VCDL received the CCRKBA’s Grassroots Organization of the Year award that same year). He has also represented VCDL and gun owners recently on CBS’s 60 Minutes, ABC’s Nightline, and in a cover story in the Washington Post. VCDL currently has 5,000 members and 13,000 email alert subscribers.

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GRPC 2012 State Legislative Affairs Briefing 1 – Episode #149

Audio in this episode was recorded live September 29, 2012 at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando Florida. The State Legislative Affairs Briefing panel started at 9:15 AM that morning and there are a total of 5 speakers. Biographical information of each speaker is below. It was supplied to us from the Second Amendment Foundation.

Thanks to Charles Heller from Liberty Watch Radio for supplying us with the audio.

Senator Sam Slom is the State Senate Minority Leader from Hawaii, a private consulting economist in Honolulu and President of SMS Consultants. Sam is President andSam Slom Executive Director of Smart Business Hawaii (SBH), Hawaii’s most effective independent business advocacy organization, and President of the Small Business Hawaii Entrepreneurial Education Foundation. Sam is also a contributing columnist for several publications including the Hawaii Reporter. He is an active member of the Hawaii Rifle and Pistol Association and currently serves as a Trustee and Secretary of the Second Amendment Foundation.

Sandra R. Barreras has been shooting since she was 6 years old. An air rifle champion, she joined the PR Olympic team at 17 winning Gold in Copa del Caribe in Santo Domingo, and 4th place in the Central American games in Ponce, PR. In 1993 her scores brought her team the silver team medal. The following year she joined the US National Team. Switching to international USPSA shooting, she won gold at Colombus World Cup in Guatemala, PR Copa del Caribe 2 years in a row and Florida Open. Sandra’s mother, Sandra M. Barreras started her fight to keep and bear arms as she was not allowed to get a concealed carry permit as a married woman. Her father, Jose R. Barreras along with her mother are the preeminent defenders of the right to keep and bear arms in Puerto Rico. Sandra has followed in their footsteps, rallying the media and social networks with the message of the right of the Second Amendment and is the Vice Executive President of Damas De La Segunda Enmienda.

Jim Irvine is professional airline pilot. He volunteers time to serve as Chairman of Buckeye Firearms Association and President of Buckeye Firearms Foundation. He works Jim Irvinewith legislators and interested parties to enact changes to Ohio firearm laws. Jim’s work includes working with candidates to help them better understand the various firearms related interests and disciplines. He coordinates work and funding for the Foundation’s involvement with Second Amendment related litigation. He speaks regularly with media and other interested groups to help them understand firearms related issues.

Richard Nascak: No biographical data available.

Patrick Shomo begins his second term as President of Maryland Shall Issue excited about the opportunities to work with his peers nationwide to protect and advance the rights or all lawful people to exercise their fundamental right to defend themselves and their families. His focus like that of Maryland Shall Issue is to engage civic and government leaders to advance practical carry laws to the favor of the lawful carrier. Maryland Shall Issue is a strong friend of the Second Amendment Foundation, and knows that together we will continue our streak of success.

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