There will be a Big Pro Gun Rally on the Florida Capitol steps in Tallahassee on July 28. The event is being organized by Jon Gutmacher, noted firearms law attorney and author of Florida Firearms Law, Use & Ownership. It’s the guide book for anything and everything firearms-related for Sunshine State gun owners. The book is so well-respected that it’s issued as required reading in a number of police academies.
Currently scheduled to speak at the rally are the following:
- Lt. Col. Joe Waldron, Vice President and Legislative Director of the Florida Sports Shooting Association
- Larry Pratt, Executive Director Emeritus of Gun Owners of America
- Steve Merrette, Director of Member Affairs of Florida Carry, Inc.
- CJ Grisham, Founder of Open Carry Texas
- Tara Dixon Engel, Director of Strategic Development of the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum
- Paul Pawela, Director of Law Enforcement Training of the American Police Hall of Fame & Museum
- Greg Kinman, otherwise known as Hickok45 of YouTube Fame
- Royce Bartlet, Host of Shooting Straight Radio on WMMB
- And last, but certainly not least…
Mr. Mark Keith Robinson. He’s the man who has become known for his epic “I AM THE MAJORITY” rant before the Greensboro, North Carolina city council in April. If you haven’t see it, you need to. In making this possible, I would like to gratefully acknowledge and thank Florida-based Kel-Tec for covering his travel expenses.
Also speaking will be Kaitlin Bennett, an outspoken conservative and gun rights activist who became a viral sensation when she strolled through the Kent State University campus carrying an AR-10 on her shoulder after her graduation. The one-woman protest was over the fact that students can’t possess firearms on campus, but any other non-student adult can.
Mr. Robinson and Ms. Bennett are shining examples of what the Second Amendment is all about and how it applies to the everyday, law-abiding citizen. Major kudos to them for grabbing the brass ring and jumping into the fray.
This past March, I asked if the firearms industry would be willing to step up to the plate and help fund grassroot rallies and events such as this. Apparently, some have heard the call here in Florida and are helping in the fight against the gun-grabbers.
Kel-Tec Firearms, headquartered in Cocoa, Florida, has thrown their hat into the ring.
Shoot Straight, Inc., a Florida chain of gun stores is another major sponsor. Started in 1979 by Khaled Akkawi, a Lebanese immigrant, Shoot Straight is one of the highest-volume gun sellers in the nation, selling from 50,000 to 70,000 guns a year.
In addition to being one of the largest volume FFLs in the country, Shoot Straight’s owner also runs Suncoast Gun Shows, Inc. and Florida Gun Shows, Inc, the two major organizers of gun shows in the state. Mr. Akkawi is a strong Second Amendment supporter and a model of the American dream. Shoot Straight is also organizing buses for those who need transportation to the event.
Also supporting the rally is CCW Safe, a concealed carry insurance company. The company, founded by three former police officers, offering a variety of plans providing legal support when it’s needed most.
The Truth About Guns will be there covering the rally. I’d like to give a big shout out to those who have stepped up and are helping fight the fight.