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 Federal Affairs Briefing – Episode #148

Audio in this episode was recorded live September 29, 2012 at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Orlando Florida. The Federal Affairs Briefing panel started at 8:45 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.

Mark Barnes is a lawyer with 30 years of experience in government and the private sector. He is the principal of Mark Barnes & Associates, a Washington, D.C. based law firm whose sole practice area is firearms, weapons and explosives law, including both import and export control, registration and licensing issues. Mr. Barnes received his Juris Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law in 1981 and his Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Arizona State University in 1978 where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He is admitted to practice before several state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Barnes and his team represent numerous members of the firearms trade, as well as firearms public policy and trade groups on transactional, regulatory, administrative and pubic policy matters in the United States and abroad.

Jeff Knox is a second generation rights activist, son of gun rights legend Neal Knox, and is Managing Director of The Firearms Coalition, a group of grass roots organizations, gun clubs, and individuals committed to protection and broader recognition of the fundamentalJeff Knox right to arms. Jeff, along with his brother Chris, writes a weekly gun rights column for World Net Daily (WND.com) and regular columns for Shotgun News and Front Sight Magazine. They also maintain the web sites www.FirearmsCoalition.org,  www.NealKnox.com, and www.GunVoter.org along with corresponding pages on Facebook and publish a semi-monthly newsletter, the Hard Corps Report. Jeff was the recipient of the Grass Roots Activist of the Year award at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in 2007.  He and his wife, Janet, live near Phoenix, Arizona where Jeff is enjoying introducing his 6-year old grandson Ty to shooting.

Larry Pratt has been for many years the executive director of Gun Owners of America and a frequent spokesman for firearms civil rights on television and radio, as well as the author of a number of Op Ed columns which have appeared in newspaper nationwide as Larry Prattwell as several magazines.

Joe Waldron Following a 28-year career in the Marine Corps, Lt Col Joe Waldron USMC(ret) embarked on a second vocation as a gun rights activist. In 1998 he was appointed Executive Director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, a position he held for nearly ten years. In 2007 he “retired” to Pensacola, Florida with his wife Caterina. Not content to remain on the sidelines, he was elected a board member of CCRKBA and appointed Legislative Director of that organization. In January 2009 was elected Legislative Director of the Florida Sport Shooting Association (that state’s NRA affiliate). He has also served on the board of the WSR&PA, a trustee of the Wildlife Committee of Washington/Kenmore Ranges, and a board member and president of the Washington Arms Collectors. In addition to his gun rights advocacy, he is involved with several veterans groups.

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GRPC 2012 – Maria Heil NRA Board Member

We are starting a series of audio from the Gun Rights Policy Conference 2012 from Orlando Florida. There is more than 16 hours worth of audio and we will be releasing most of it over the next several weeks to a month.

This first audio is from the panel entitled “The Most Dangerous Election of Our Lifetime” the speaker is Maria Heil, board member and spokesperson, National Rifle Association.

Maria HeilMaria Heil is a member of the NRA board of directors and has been an NRA member for 25 years. She has been a right to keep and bear arms activists since 2000 when she joined Second Amendment Sisters (SAS), which was founded in response to the so-called “Million Mom March.” She served as SAS National Spokesperson for four years supporting Second Amendment rights with appearances on national shows- CBS’ Sunday Morning, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NRA News’ Cam & Company, John Walsh Show, and Pure Oxygen. Featured as the pro-gun mother and PBS-aired documentary Guns and Mothers. Interviewed by media outlets throughout the United States as well as overseas, she was a contributing editor for “Women & Guns magazine from 2004 to 2007. Active in successful election campaigns for Pro-Second Amendment candidates, she is the local friends of the NRA committee Co-Chair in 2007 and current local FNRA Committee Member.

You can find the audio of my speech at GRRN forum.

Bar Stool Discussion Episode  #152 will have a complete discussion about GRPC 2012 with Doc Wesson from the Gun Nation Podcast and myself.

Schedule for the Bar Stool Discussion Live Shows can be found at our Live Page.

Thank you to Charles Heller from Liberty Watch Radio for making the audio of the conference available to us.

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