The Second Amendment Foundation’s 38th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference kicks off this evening in Phoenix, Arizona, and over the next few days dozens of Second Amendment legal scholars, litigants, lobbyists, and activists will be taking to the stage to discuss the current state of our fight to keep and bear arms. If you, like me, are unable to attend the GRPC in person you don’t have to miss out on some great conversations and insight from those on the front lines of that fight.
SAF will be streaming and posting videos of this year’s conference, entitled “Road to Liberty”, on their YouTube page as well as their Facebook page, providing gun owners from across the country and around the world the chance to take part virtually. A complete agenda can be found here, and as long as my internet connection holds out while a tropical storm blows across central Virginia tomorrow I plan on watching most of the day’s events as they happen. I’m particularly interested in hearing Sig Sauer’s Tom Taylor talk about the role that the firearms industry plays in defending the right to keep and bear arms, as well as attorneys Chuck Michel, Mark W. Smith, Dave Kopel, Daniel Schmutter, and many others who’ll be providing updates on specific cases as well as areas of Second Amendment litigation like “red flag” laws, guns bans for young adults, and gun rationing schemes.
Two of the leading lights of Second Amendment scholarship will be giving talks focused on the decades-long build-up to Bruen. David Hardy from Arms and the Law will discuss the development of Second Amendment scholarship going back to the 1970s, while George Washington University law, history, and sociology professor Robert Cottrell will detail the legal and policy battles that have led us to our current state of affairs, as well as what we need to do going forward in order to continue regaining lost ground and restoring our Second Amendment rights in states across the country where they’ve been turned into privileges doled out by state authorities.
The GRPC won’t be exclusively focused on legal efforts, however. There will be multiple panels focused on what’s going on in various statehouses around the country, with panel discussions including Bryan Strawser of the MN Gun Owners Caucus, Phillip Van Cleave of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Holly Sullivan of the Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Alexander Roubian from the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, Mark Pennack of Maryland Shall Issue, and Quang Nguyen from the Arizona State Rifle & Pistol Association, among others.
One of the most intriguing panels (at least to me) will take place Sunday morning when Charlie Cook of “Riding Shotgun with Charlie” and TheGunFood.com’s CEO Patrick Collins will host “Nourishing Freedom: The Unlikely Connection Between Food, Driving, and Second Amendment Advocacy”. As a fan of road trips, good meals, and our firearms freedom, I’m looking forward to hearing from the pair about how we can advocate for our right to keep and bear arms beyond the gun range or preaching to the choir.
If you’re within driving distance to Phoenix I’d encourage you to register and attend in person, but if that’s not a possibility then take advantage of the opportunity of the livestreams to hear directly from some of the sharpest minds and staunchest advocates in the Second Amendment movement who’ll be on hand for this year’s Gun Rights Policy Conference.