SAF/CCRKBA Gun Rights Policy Conference Convenes in Chicago


The 29th annual Gun Rights Policy Conference officially kicked off this morning in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Approximately 275 good guy activists from throughout the nation are on hand in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s murder city, learning about pro-gun rights strategies that have proven results in furthering Americans’ firearm civil rights. The stakes are high, of course, for everyday Americans. Chicago is a perfect example of what happens when rights-hating politicians impose racist, sexist and classist gun control schemes upon a population. Just this week in the Windy City, 54 people have been shot with four killed. In short, violent crime skyrockets and disarmed law-abiding people are slaughtered . . .


Stephen Halbrook, one of our favorite good guy litigators, was one of the early speakers Saturday morning, discussing some of the tactics socialists in Germany used in the years leading up to World War II, disarming the Jews and other “undesirables.” Most notably, it wasn’t all legislative acts that were used, but executive orders from national leaders. That may remind some of you of Barack Obama’s promises to use “executive action” to achieve his agenda that he’s unable to get through Congress.

The Second Amendment Foundation-sponsored event is all about teaching what has worked in the fight for firearm civil rights and how attendees can take some of those strategies back to their hometowns to continue the positive momentum of expanding Second Amendment freedoms.

If you’re within a short drive to Chicago, it’s worth your time to come on out. Registration is open to gun activists and there are plenty of presentations on the agenda today (agenda here) with more scheduled for Sunday.


John Boch is president of Guns Save Life.


  1. avatar publius2 says:

    Thanks John. Just a suggestion: if you’d put this up a week ago you might have gotten a couple more attendees from here…

    1. avatar lowhouse5 says:

      I would have gone today, I’m sure it would have been more interesting than mowing my lawn.

  2. avatar former water walker says:

    Yep I live south of Chicago. Godspeed you have my support. Can’t afford to hang out at O’hare.

  3. avatar Rick says:

    WTH have such a conference in Chicago ?

    1. avatar Indiana Tom says:

      Defiance of the gun grabbers. Same as the NRA convention in Indy with Shannon.

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        Except Indiana is a gun friendly state. I don’t think you would see an NRA convention in Illinois.

        1. avatar Flubnut says:

          I would LOVE for the NRA to camp out at McCormick place for a week. Just to see what kind of stupid uninformed drivel the newscasters would come up with.

    2. avatar Gov. William J. Le Petomane says:

      That’s what I thought. Why not head over a couple hundred miles to Iowa where all out of state weapons permits are honored?

    3. avatar Curtis in IL says:

      I’m on board with the “in your face” strategy of holding such events in Chicago. Within the last few years they’ve been bitch-slapped by the Federal courts and forced to allow concealed carry. We need to take the war to the enemy’s front gate.

  4. avatar Indiana Tom says:

    Just this week in the Windy City, 54 people have been shot this past week with four killed. Probably the fault of OFWG in FUD gun shops in Indiana.
    Speaking of which, I have not seen TTAG do a story on the gun shop owner located by the Muscatatuck Wild Life Refuge who was shot in the head by 3 “Brothers” from Indy. 47 guns were stolen and only 3 were recovered when they took the thugs into custody at Jennings County jail. This happened about 2 miles from my oldest Daughter’s house. Wonder where the guns went?

    1. avatar Jonathan - Houston says:

      We had three gun stores hit over this past weekend, too, in Houston. One of which was Tactical Firearms, the store Piers Morgan visited and filmed a segment last year.

  5. avatar Matt in FL says:

    There’s not room in my schedule, unfortunately. But I suppose that’s OK, because attending would violate my rule about making every effort to avoid spending money in anti-gun areas.

  6. avatar Colt Magnum says:

    Is Gary (I hate streetlamps) McCarthy the keynote speaker?

    1. avatar John Boch says:

      Gary’s head would explode with all the lawfully possessed guns in the room.


      1. avatar Ralph says:

        The Hyatt Regency O’Hare has a strict “no weapons” policy, even for people with an IL concealed carry license.

  7. avatar GeniusBandit says:

    Ok i have a question: why doesn’t there seem to be ONE person under 40 in this meeting? I thought the understanding was that you LOSE the fight in you at 40 you don’t GAIN it.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      The under-40s were at the Call of Duty convention in Azusa.

      1. avatar Citizen Salty says:

        This under 40 was at drill. It’s ok, I missed a couple gun shows to clean 240s today.

  8. avatar Dr. Michael S. Brown says:

    Did anyone invite Colion Noir?

  9. avatar Wood says:

    Ayoob is most likely there, and you can read his comments about why it is held behind enemy lines on his blog:

  10. avatar Curtis in IL says:

    “… all about teaching what has worked in the fight for firearm civil rights and how attendees can take some of those strategies back to their hometowns…”

    So, what was the consensus on the “Chipotle Ninja shove an AR-15 in their faces” technique as an effective tool for expanding gun rights?

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