2015 Convention

Friday, August 14 & Saturday, August 15

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel
2450 Galleria Parkway
Atlanta, Georgia 30339

Click here for discounted room rates. The discount code is gcogcoa.
Limited number of rooms available to GCO Members.  Discounted rate will be offered until July 24th or until blocked rooms are depleted.

Ticket pricing and registration information.

Itinerary (subject to change)

FRIDAY – August 14, 2015
•    3:30 – 8 PM Registration Open
•    6 – 8 PM Dinner in Ballroom 4
•    8 – ? PM Poker, Zombie Shoot and more in Ballroom 3
•    Adjourn by midnight

SATURDAY, August 15, 2015
•    7 AM – 7 PM Registration Open
•    6 – 9 AM – Vendor Show Set Up Ballroom 4
•    8 – 9 AM – Breakfast – Upstairs Garden Court
•    9 AM – 5 PM – Vendor Show and Zombie Shoot in Ballroom 4

•   9:00 – 11:00 AM – Stanhope Room – TBD
•   9:00 – 10:00 AM – Highlands Room – TBD
•  10:00 – 11:00 AM – Highlands Room – TBD
•  11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – Wilton Room – TBD
•  11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon – Highlands Room – TBD
•  12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM – Stanhope Room – Life Members – “Lunch with Kenn Blanchard”

•  12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM – BREAK – Members are on their own for lunch

•  1:00 – 2:00 PM – Wilton Room – TBD
•  1:00 – 2:00 PM – Highlands Room – William Woodall – “Lobbying & Grass Roots Advocacy”
•  2:00 – 3:00 PM – Highlands Room – “Meet the GeorgiaCarry Board of Directors”
•  3:00 – 5:00 PM – “Make that purchase you are considering at the Vendor Show!” All members are asked to visit with the vendors in the vendor show

•    5:00 – 7:00 PM – Pre-dinner Cocktail Hour / Silent Auction / Zombie Shoot in Garden Court
•    7:00  PM – Gala Dinner in Habersham Ballroom with Guest Speaker Kenn Blanchard,  Emcee Mark Walters, Live Auction with Professional Auctioneer – Paul Fowler

 GALA Dinner Outline
•   7:00 – 7:10 PM – Emcee Mark Walters will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, the dinner prayer, followed by Mark Walters’ introduction of State Representative Rich Golick
•    7:10 – 7:20 PM – Representative Rich Golick will welcome guests to his district.
•    7:20 – 7:25 PM – Mark Walters introduces Speaker Kenn Blanchard
•    7:25 – 7:40 PM – Kenn Blanchard Speaks
•    7:40 – 8:15 PM – Presentation of awards
•    8:15 – 8:40 PM – Live Auction Part 1
•    8:40 – 8:55 PM – Prizes from contests during the day will be presented
•    8:55 – 9:10 PM – Live Auction Part 2
•    9:10 – 9:15 PM – Presentation of raffle winner

Thanks and Good night!

Special Guest Speaker – This year’s convention speaker is Kenn Blanchard, Author of Black Man With a Gun and the blog with the same name. For those not familiar with Kenn, here is his bio.

Kenn Blanchard

Kenn Blanchard

Reverend Blanchard is internationally known as the Black Man With A Gun. He is an author, and gun rights activist with a background in counter-terrorism, and police instruction. He is a former US Marine trained by Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He speaks Brazilian, Portuguese and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

He served as one of the first African American members of the Director of CIA protective staff and firearms instructors.

He has served as a columnist for New Voices Newspaper of Durham, North Carolina; as a Director and Chaplain of the Law Enforcement Alliance of America. He has lobbied and testified before the United States Congress, Texas, South Carolina, Wisconsin, Michigan, Virginia, and Maryland for an individual’s right to self-defense. He is the recipient of the NRA’s Carter-Harlon award for Civil Rights. He is currently on the training committee for the NRA.

With two decades of gun rights activism, Blanchard has been involved in almost every pro-rights event that involved a person of color. He has done commercials for TV against racist gun laws and been featured in four documentaries. He has been speaking professionally since 1992. He has provided voice-overs for pro-gun commercials in Chicago, Los Angeles and Baltimore.

In 2014, he has spoken with Donald Trump in Albany, NY, as a media expert in Las Vegas, NV and Phoenix, AZ for AZCDL.org.

He produces a weekly pro-gun variety show online called the Black Man With A Gun Show, now in its sixth year.

He is a trusted influencer in the gun community and communicates regularly with many of the top people he has known since 1991. He is sought after speaker and sage in the gun community. He has several blogs and is the publisher of blanchardmediagroup.com.
Here are 3 of his articles: How the CIA Agent Became a Pastor – Close Up and Personal with the Daniel Defense DDM4V9 – Thinking About Concealed Carry

GeorgiaCarry.Org will once again be furnishing lunch for our Lifetime Members with Kenn. Kenn is looking forward to having lunch and a lively discussion with the Life Members on Saturday.

Kenn will also be signing and selling his books, “Black Man With a Gun” at the vendor show on Saturday.

We are very honored to have a man with such an impressive resume.

Check back soon, more itinerary details will be available shortly.

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