BELLEVUE, WA – American gun rights leaders and hundreds of the nation’s leading gun rights activists will gather in Phoenix, AZ Sept. 26-28 for the 2008 Gun Rights Policy Conference, at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel.

U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, representing the Republican John McCain – Sarah Palin ticket, will speak during a Saturday luncheon, and Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr, former congressman from Georgia, is also expected.

This is the 23rd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference, sponsored jointly by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Other participating organizations include the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America and National Shooting Sports Foundation. Representatives from several grassroots groups, including the Arizona State Rifle Association, Firearms Coalition, Virginia Citizens Defense League, Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, Illinois State Rifle Association, Canadian Institute for Legislative Action, Gun Owners Action League of Massachusetts, Buckeye Firearms Association and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus will also attend.

The weekend conference will feature panel discussions on state legislative and congressional affairs, international firearms regulation, court battles over firearm civil rights, media bias, the right of self-defense and more. There will also be a report on the upcoming congressional elections and on this year’s landmark Second Amendment ruling in the District of Columbia v. Heller case, with remarks from attorney Alan Gura, who successfully argued that case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

There will be appearances by Alan Gottlieb, SAF founder and CCRKBA chairman; Joe Tartaro, SAF president and Gun Week executive editor; Charles Cunningham, director of federal affairs for the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action; authors John Lott, Alan Korwin, David T. Hardy and David Kopel, and many others.