TPCC Morning Panel - Right to Bear Arms in California

It's the amendment that protects all the others.
And in California and across the nation, it's under assault - again.

Tea Party California Caucus will be moderating a panel Saturday morning at the convention to talk about the newest waves of attacks on our right to bear arms.

Date: Saturday, April 30th
Location: Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport
Room: Regency C
Time: 10am -11:30am

Come hear from these great California 2nd Amendment policy experts

Gene Hoffman
Founder & Chairman of Calguns Foundation


Gene Hoffman is an American entrepreneur and activist. Hoffman was the co-founder of eMusic, one of the first internet music companies, the co-founder of Vindicia and the co-founder of the Calguns Foundation.

Hoffman co-founded and is the chairman of the Calguns Foundation in March 2008. Hoffman was responsible for promoting and designing certain elements of a magazine lock for California Legal AR-15 pattern rifles known as the bullet button and obtaining an admission from the California Department of Justice that the bullet button made certain rifles California legal.

The Calguns Foundation has been responsible for many high profile defenses of innocent Californians accused of violating California's complex weapons laws. The Calguns Foundation served as amicus to the appellants in McDonald v. Chicago and Nordyke v. King and has filed many civil rights cases in California to overturn laws they consider unconstitutional.

Under Hoffman's chairmanship the Calguns Foundation was honored as the 2009 Grassroots Organization of the Year by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and Hoffman was named the Gun Rights Defender of the Year by them in 2010. Calguns Foundation was again recognized as 2012 Grassroots Organization of the Year.

Tim Donnelly
Former CA Assemblyman, Republican candidate for Congress (CA-8)

donnelly.jpgTim Donnelly was a California State Assemblyman—serving 2 terms, and a former candidate for California Governor—coming in 3rd in the 2014 Primary, (winning 650K votes). Author of AB351, the California Liberty Preservation Act of 2013, which nullifies the NDAA in California, Tim has been a staunch defender of our Civil Liberties.

In 2005, Tim answered the call of his country, and became involved in the fight to secure our borders. As the founder of the largest Minuteman chapter in California, he leveraged the media to bring national spotlight on the Federal government’s failure to enforce the border as required by Article IV, Section IV of the Constitution.

In 2014, Tim led the charge in California to secure the release of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, including organizing a massive protest targeting the Mexican President when he came to Sacramento. The protest forced both Gov. Brown and President Nieto to acknowledge Sgt. Tahmooressi’s plight. Roughly 2 months later, our Marine was released.

One of the most outspoken advocates in Sacramento for the protection of the Second Amendment, Tim maintains its protection as a key issue in his campaign for Congress.

Chuck Michel
President, California Rifle & Pistol Association


Chuck Michel is recognized as one of the leading authorities on California and federal firearms laws in the country. For over two decades he has played a significant role in advocating and defending individual civil and constitutional rights, and particularly Second Amendment rights, and in helping to shape related legislation. He has been instrumental in crafting some of the most important legal challenges to legislation that infringes on rights guaranteed by the Constitution.

Chuck represents many of the most prominent shooting sports and self-defense civil rights associations in the world, including the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the California Rifle and Pistol Association (CRPA), and has represented many different clients in high profile cases that garnered significant media attention. He is a regular commentator and frequent contributor to national media discussions, and has appeared as a spokesperson for the NRA, CRPA, other associations, and individual clients on dozens of video and radio interviews and in hundreds of newspaper articles.

He is an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University Fowler School of Law in Orange, California, where he teaches firearms law and law practice management. He is the author of the book California Gun Laws – A Guide to State and Federal Firearm Regulations. He has also published numerous articles and editorials in the Los Angeles Times, the Daily Journal, and many other state and national newspapers.

Panel Moderated by

paredes.jpgSam Paredes
Executive Director of Gun Owners of California

Sam Paredes is a member of the Board of Directors of Gun Owners of America and Treasurer of Gun Owner Foundation, as well as working with Gun Owners of California (GOC) for over 30 years. He currently serves as GOC’s Executive Director, a position he has held for the past 10 years.

GOC is a non-profit lobbying organization formed to protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights in California. Sam is also Director of GOC Campaign Committee which is dedicated to defeating anti-gun politicians and replacing them with solid pro-gun leaders.

Paredes has been interviewed by Fox News, ABC World News Tonight, and a significant number of radio stations and newspapers throughout California as an expert on gun laws in the Golden State. He has testified in hundreds of legislative committee hearings, and has lobbied the CA Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Game, and the CA Department of Justice.

He is a regular contributor and columnist for California’s only conservative magazine devoted to covering state government, California Political Review. He is an expert in—and given workshops teaching—Confrontational Politics to Gun Clubs, Tea Party Groups and conservative organizations in Missouri, Nevada and throughout California.