Register for Gun Rights Policy Conference 2014

Just an early reminder that the FREE 29th Gun Rights Policy Conference will be held in Chicago Illinois this year at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The dates for this conference will be September 26, 27th, and 28th 2014.

If you listen to my podcast at all you know I’m a huge fan of GRPC. Had the opportunity to speak at two of the last conferences and would just like to encourage all of you to preregister.

If you’re serious gun rights advocates than this is the one conference you need to be at this year. The last conference in Chicago Illinois set all kinds of attendance records for the conference. And we need to make it bigger and better this year.

Click on the link below to sign up today! I will see you at GRPC 2014

Gun Rights Policy Conference ← Second Amendment Foundation.


Global Gun Control Up, Up & Away: GRPC Part 4 – Episode #158

This is part 4 of the audio from the Gun Rights Policy Conference 2013 in Houston, Texas. The panel’s focus was on the global gun control and it has more of an international group of speakers.

Yesterday October 24, 2013 I traveled to Lansing Michigan to attend Cooley Law Schools law review symposium. I had permission to record the audio from the event and I will start bringing that to you in this podcast starting next week.

Thank you for all the recent comments and feedback about this podcast. Please keep it coming.

Speakers In This Episode:

Sheldon Clare, President, National Firearms Association of Canada
Silvia Gentile, Legal Counsel, Federazione Italiana Storia Armi Tiro
Julianne Versnel, vice president, International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights
Maj. Gen. Allen Youngman, USA (ret.), Executive Director, Defense Small Arms Advisory Council
Mark Westrom, consultant, Armalite, Inc.

Thank you to Charles Heller and the Second Amendment Foundation for providing us with this audio.


State Legislative Affairs Briefing: GRPC Part 3 – Episode #157

This episode of the podcast was recorded in Houston Texas at the Gun Rights Policy Conference September 28, 2013.

There are 12 speakers in this episode on the state legislative affairs briefing panel. These are the guys that are on the ground in various states working on pro-rights issues. I think you will find this all very interesting so please listen and share with your friends. If you’re in one of the states that is represented with these 12 speakers make sure you contact them and thank them for attending the conference. You may also want to find out how you can help out.

State Legislative Affairs Briefing I
Sean Caranna, Co-Executive Director,
Frank Jack Fiamingo, President, New Jersey Second Amendment Society
Jim Irvine, President, Buckeye Firearms Association
Andrew Rothman, Vice President, Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance MN
Hon. Sam Slom, Minority Leader Hawaii Senate, trustee of the Second Amendment Foundation
Alice Tripp, Legislative Director, Texas State Rifle Association

State Legislative Affairs Briefing II
Stephen Aldstadt, President, Shooters Committee on Political Education (SCOPE, Inc.) NY
Gene Hoffman, CalGuns Foundation
Hon. Phillip Journey, Vice President, Kansas State Rifle Association
Valinda Rowe, spokesperson, Illinois Carry
Philip Van Cleave, President, Virginia Citizens Defense League
Jim Wallace, Executive Director, Gun Owners Action League (GOAL) MA



Visitors Guide to an Anti-Gun Alien Planet: GRPC Part 2 – Episode #156

This episode is part 2 from Gun Rights Policy Conference 2013(GRPC). The audio for this episode was recorded September 28, 2013 at the Marriott Hotel Houston, Texas.

The first thing you’ll hear will be invocation by Rev. Anthony Winfield and then we move on to speakers Joseph Tartaro, Alan Gottlieb, & John Fund.

We will continue to release audio from the conference weekly basis until we have completely released the entire conference. Just as a reminder next year’s GRPC will be held near Chicago Illinois at a O’Hare airport hotel. Please make plans to attend the third week of September 2014. Keep checking back at for more information.

Speakers in This Episode:

    • Invocation—Rev. Anthony Winfield, chaplain, Elmhurst Hospital, New York City
    • The Road Traveled—Joseph P. Tartaro, editor,, president, Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)
    • The Road Ahead—Alan M. Gottlieb, chairman, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms(CCRKBA) and founder, SAF
    • John Fund, Senior Editor, The American Spectator and columnist for National Review Online

Books Mentioned in This Episode:
Journal on Firearms & Public Policy Volume 25 Fall 2013
Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps Smart Judges Off the Bench  by John Lott
Emily Gets Her Gun… But Obama Wants to Take Yours




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 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.