Taking Action Speakers

Activists and Leaders Who Will Be Presenting at the

Taking Action for Gun Rights Conference 

Alan Rice - Consultant to Gun Owners of America and Vice President and Training Director, New Hampshire Firearms Coalition.  Alan has been involved in the "political gunfight" since the late 1980s.  He has seen first hand what works and what fails in the constant struggle to reform gun laws to the benefit of the law abiding.  Alan was instrumental in getting state wide pre-emption, range protection and frivolous lawsuit immunity introduced and passed in New Hampshire.  He counts among his accomplishments the defeat of many anti-gun politicians at the polls and he has assisted with the elections of numerous pro gun leaders in New Hampshire.  Alan is also a firearms instructor, instructor trainer and trained armorer.

Daniel Francisco - Daniel graduated from Rutgers University and got a taste for the liberty movement publishing undercover stings for an alternative paper in college. He has worked 5 years in the energy sector and was previously an executive director of a renowned undercover investigative journalism non-profit. Daniel was instrumental in organizing the NJ2AS' undercover operation which led to national news and was solely responsible for Governor Christie's executive actions in 2015 and 2016. We will be discussing unreleased footage and context and future plans with exposing the corruption and discrimination within New Jersey's firearm laws. You will not be disappointed.

Mrs. Jedynak - New Jersey State Director of Americans for Prosperity. She will speak about Americans for Prosperity and what the New Jersey Chapter is looking to accomplish in 2017. Americans for Prosperity exists to recruit, educate, and mobilize citizens in support of the policies and goals of a free society at the local, state, and federal level, helping every American live their dream – especially the least fortunate. She will also discuss the importance of grassroots activism; coalition building; and her personal experience working in legislative offices.

Erica previously served as an aide in the New Jersey General Assembly.  She has built leadership teams with the New Jersey Young Republican Federation and increased membership and charitable activity with the Morris County Young Republicans.

Mrs. Conway Nicholls - Mrs. Conway Nicholls will be teaching an interactive workshop, entitled “Impacting Your Legislators.” This session provides tips and techniques for effectively communicating your concerns and your desires to legislators, and influencing them to act. She will also be teaching another workshop on effective messaging. True debate begins by opening minds; learn techniques that will help any activist begin successful conversations that can transform hearts and minds.

She is an experienced grassroots organizer who has worked on local, state and federal political campaigns. Her experience includes work as National Volunteer Coordinator for McCain-Palin 2008 as well as work for the Republican Governors Association and a Colorado Congressional campaign.

NJ2AS' Legal Team: Stephen Stamboulieh, Esq; Ryan Watson, Esq; Alan Beck, Esq - Our new legal team is aggressive and they know how to win. Known for their success throughout the country in other Second Amendment cases we have complied 5 of the biggest issues we deal with as New Jerseyans and how we are going to use the courts to win back our rights. Recently, Stephen, Ryan, and Alan were instrumental in winning a lawsuit which resolved in 2 NJ2AS members to receive their conceal carry permits.

Anna Campbell Little  - Mrs. Little served as mayor of Highlands, New Jersey from 2008 through 2010, on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders from 2006 to 2007, and on the Highlands Borough Council from 2003-2006. She ran for congress in New Jersey's 6th Congressional District in 2010 and 2012 where her grassroots campaign tactics and strategy resulted in one of the closest election gaps in the district. She will be discussing how to get out the vote and creative ways to campaign.

Patrick Atagi - Mr. Atagi has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership and senior policy positions at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), United States Senate, and private sector.  This includes experience working directly with the federal government, state agencies and legislatures, and major private corporations.  Atagi has first-hand experience working in the United State Senate as a legislative assistant to then United States Senator Mark O. Hatfield (R-OR), Chair of the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations. Atagi served in the United States Department of Agriculture for six years as a political appointee under President George W. Bush.

Atagi has extensive experience with state and local organizations and governments including prior experience as the Director of Government Affairs at the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. He is currently the Vice president of Advocacy and External Affairs for NWPCA, a trade association based in Washington, DC. Lastly, he serves as an advisor to NJ2AS leadership and will be discussing effective tools and tactics to have federal laws enacted to help New Jersey residents.

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