The annual Gun Rights Policy Conference moves to the world wide web this year, offering virtual attendance due to COVID-19.
The gathering will still boast a stellar list of speakers but, unlike previous years, will not require participants to travel to attend. This marks the first time in 35 years the event hasn't been hosted in-person. Last year, the GRPC was held in Phoenix, Arizona with the largest attendance in conference history.
Second Amendment Foundation founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb said the move to digital will hopefully open the door to an even larger audience in 2020.
“We will definitely miss the face-to-face personal contact with so many friends and activists,” Gottlieb said in a press release. “By switching to an online virtual event for the 2020 conference, we will reach a far broader audience. Between the actual event, and future visits, we hope to reach at least 300,000 gun owners and rights activists, which will be important in this critical election year."
Hosted by SAF and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, GRPC is a must-attend event for Second Amendment advocates and grassroots activists. So far, confirmed speakers include:
Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk radio show
John Lott, economist, author and researcher
Cam Edwards, host of Cam & Company and BearingArms.com
Stephen Gutowski, staff writer for The Washington Free Beacon
AWR Hawkins, author and contributor at Breitbart News
Mark Walters, host of Armed American Radio
Alan Gottlieb, Founder Second Amendment Foundation
Ryan Gresham, host of Guns & Gear
Massad Ayoob, renowned trainer and author
Dave Kopel, Second Amendment author and scholar
Rick Patterson, Vice President, Small Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers Institute
David T. Hardy, Esq., litigator, video producer, historian
Joe Bartozzi, President, National Shooting Sports Foundation
Ashley Hlebinsky, firearms historian
“We are living in extraordinary times,” Gottlieb said. “This decision was made after carefully analyzing and considering all of the circumstances. Given the current COVID-19 environment and constraints on travel, as well as the inability of our reserved hotel to accommodate us, we will make this year’s ‘virtual’ GRPC the important and memorable event of 2020. Together we will all make the Second Amendment great again.”
Registration for GRPC is open online and the event will be broadcast on multiple platforms, including YouTube and Facebook.