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 assault 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 years 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.