Gun Rights Policy Conference Roundup
Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)-I have just returned from the national, annual, Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC).
This event has been hosted each year for 25 years by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Each year it is held at a different location in the U.S., this year at the Hyatt Regency hotel at the San Francisco (California) airport, on the edge of the Bay, south of and outside of San Francisco.
This event was packed with informative panels and presentations. A copy of the agenda is at: http://saf.org/2010.GRPC.Agenda.pdf
You will see that the agenda reads like a roster of Who’s Who of the RKBA movement in the U.S.
(except for the obvious absence of the NRA. The NRA, we are told, is keeping a very low profile because of serious backlash by NRA members and others over some recent political compromises made by the NRA leadership.)
I chaired a panel on Saturday on the Montana Firearms Freedom Act, the FFA movement, and our lawsuit to validate the MFFA, MSSA v. Holder. This effort is seen as really big deal in RKBA circles across the U.S. I had LOTS of people approach and congratulate me on MSSA’s efforts in re the MFFA.
Joining me on that panel were Michael Bodin, founder of the Tenth Amendment Center which tracks the state sovereignty movement, and Nick Drainas, Director of the Center for Constitutional Government of the Goldwater Institute in Arizona.
Lunchtime on Saturday was the awards banquet. At that awards ceremony, MSSA was given the award “Affiliate of the Year.” Neat!
I can tell a funny story about that. Last year at the GRPC, I was given the award for “Grassroots Activist of the Year.” I had no idea I would be getting an award. When the award was announced, I was outside in the hallway doing an interview with CNN (being a grassroots activist). So, upon receiving the award for MSSA this year, I told the audience of my last year’s fiasco, and that this year I was just glad to be in the room for the award.
Anyway, MSSA is all of us and I wanted you to know about this significant award.
Best wishes,Gary Marbut, president
Montana Shooting Sports Association
author, Gun Laws of Montana
About Montana Shooting Sports Association:
MSSA is the primary political advocate for Montana gun owners. Visit: www.mtssa.org