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    2013 Gun Rights Policy Conference in Houston, TX Sept 27th-29th (Who is going?)

    GRPC 2013

    Come meet national gun rights leaders and your fellow grassroots activists at the 28th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC 2013) in Houston, TX at the Marriott Hotel Houston, TX Airport hotel on September 27, 28, & 29, 2013. This is your once-a-year chance to network, get an insider's look and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the coming year.

    Past GRPCs have outlined victory plans and made public the latest firearms trends. They allow you a first-hand chance to hear movement leaders--and make your voice heard.

    This year we'll take a look at critical issues such as: bans on semi-auto guns and magazines, "smart" guns, concealed carry, federal legislation, BATFE policies, gun show regulation, state and local activity and the most recent Right to Keep and Bear Arms court cases.

    The full roster of GRPC 2013 speakers has not yet been set. Past speakers include: Alan M. Gottlieb, Joseph P. Tartaro, Eugene Volokh, Wayne LaPierre, Michael Reagan, Larry Elder, Bob Barr, John Lott, Sandy Froman, Massad Ayoob, Tom Gresham, Alan Gura, G. Gordon Liddy, Larry Pratt, Emily Miller and many others.

    Hotel Information

    The conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel Houston, Texas Airport.

    The address is:
    18700 John F. Kennedy Blvd
    Houston, Texas, USA 77032

    Register for 2013 GRPC

    Pre-Registration for GRPC is now open CLICK HERE for contact info

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    Dude, in a state that bans OC.

    You are posting spam in my view.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisdxn View Post
    GRPC 2013

    ... and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the coming year.

    ....

    This year we'll take a look at critical issues such as: ... concealed carry, ....

    ....
    Oh, if only this meant the elimination of concealed carry as the only allowed mode. Or making OC the default mode.

    Just in case anybody missed it, I'll restate the obvious - there is absolutely no money in open carrying. Nobody has figured out how to get people to show up and listen to stuff, and then take a test on that stuff, in order to not need to turn in a copy of their attendance certificate in order to not get a permission slip.

    It's that last part that's important - selling something so that the buyer can then buy something else the state claims a monopoly on. Create a guild system that controls access to open carrying and these national organizations will be right on top of it - trying to figure out how they can make a buck out of it.

    The only folks who seem to have figured out how to make a buck out of OCing are those who provide legal/practical/fantasy courses in what to do after a shooting incident and/or how to increase your odds of not winding up being found guilty or civially liable. And it seems the pool of folks interested in signing up for that is way less than the pool of folks who want to learn how to shoot like the big kids and wear the same clothes as the big kids.

    That being said, there are groups that go to this with an agenda of bringing OC to the yearning masses. Contact the grass roots and mainstream gun rights operating in your area. Ask them if they are going, and what they will be doing to make OC as acceptable as CC. If they don't have a plan already in place, be ready to help them build one - or to go and lobby for OC since they won't.

    And be prepared to deal with the fact that there are a lot of other RKBA issues already being worked on that lots of other folks have said are more important/urgent than bringing OC to those yearning masses.

    stay safe.
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    This will be a hands on sharing of information, contacts and tactics event. See lots of strong possibilities.

    http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/t...SchoolID=23648

    The last one was held in Orlando, Fl.
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    Follow up news for the conference..this is the email I received from them

    Dear GRPC Attendee,

    The 28th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) Sept. 27, 28, and 29, in Houston Texas features an expansive lineup of key Second Amendment activists and leaders like Alan Gottlieb,
    Joe Tartaro, Alan Gura, Larry Pratt, John Fund, John Lott, Dave Kopel, Joe Tartaro, and Rep. Steve Stockmam

    You’ll get the inside scoop from the leaders in the gun rights movement, then what?

    This is a critical time to get involved to fight the anti-gunners. Our opponents are well organized and very well-funded. We have to have a game plan and can’t let our guard down.
    You can make a difference on both a local and national level. But where exactly should you start?

    To increase the knowledge, ability, and effectiveness of pro-gun grassroots activists, the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
    have partnered with the Leadership Institute to offer an exclusive pro-gun activism course specifically tailored to gun rights supporters that want to make a difference.

    This training and grassroots workshop will take place after the closing remarks of the 28th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference. The workshop will start at 1:30 p.m. and continue until 4:00 p.m.

    We need to know if you plan on attending this additional FREE workshop. Simply send a reply e-mail to this message from Jessica.Brown@liberty.seanet.com

    The Gun Owners Elected Official Accountability Workshop

    Being an effective campaign activist is only the beginning of the battle. Gun Owners must hold their elected officials accountable to the voters and the constitution.
    The gun rights workshop is a unique program to help maximize the effectiveness of Gun Owners as citizen lobbyists.

    Topics covered include the following:

    Understanding the System
    What is legislation?
    Lay of the land—The office of a Legislator
    Friend or foe: Researching the official
    Persuasive Communications
    Developing your message
    Targeting your messaging effort
    The principles of pleasure and pain
    Getting a whip count
    Forcing politicians to get on the record
    How to apply pressure
    Basics of digital advocacy
    How to build and mobilize an email list
    Using social media to lobby
    Traditional Citizen Lobbying
    New Generation Lobbying

    Again, if you do plan on attending this additional FREE workshop, simply send a reply e-mail saying that you would like to participate!


    Regards,
    Jessica Brown
    Second Amendment Foundation: Alan Gottlieb’s Assistant
    12500 NE Tenth Place
    Bellevue, WA 98005
    P (425)454-7012
    F (425) 451-3959

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    Quote Originally Posted by skidmark View Post
    Oh, if only this meant the elimination of concealed carry as the only allowed mode. Or making OC the default mode...

    stay safe.
    The problem isn't that they are promoting CC vs. OC. It is that they are promoting LC vs. UC, licensed carry vs. unlicensed carry. I used to be a big ol' proponent of OC, until I realized that it wasn't the openness of the carry that really mattered (it is to the extent that OC is more convenient and more conducive to education); it was the unlicensed carry (which, in most cases, is OC) that was important to me.

    You did slide on to mentioning that it is the paper permission slip for which money is to be made that is the driving factor. However, in some States, that piece of paper is either needed to OC in public or needed to make OC practical (carry in one's car, carry through GFSZ, etc.). It is not really promotion of CC that is the problem. It is the promotion of LC. Most people seem to see the two as the same, probably because the whole idea of CC was created to try to make all C to be LC.

    In Ohio, I proposed that we form a group as a counter to OFCC (Ohioans for Concealed Carry), which does promote OC to a small extent, but still focuses on the privilege of LC, and call it Ohioans for Unlicensed Carry. For some reason, folks poo-pooed the idea for OFUC. I don't get it.

    Every one of us should have as a goal the restoration of uninfringed unlicensed carry. UC is what the 2A guarantees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eye95 View Post
    For some reason, folks poo-pooed the idea for OFUC. I don't get it.
    I see what you did there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Pierce View Post
    I see what you did there.
    +1
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