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Sam Paredes, Sheriff Anderson Address Gun Rights And Legislation

OAKHURST – The public is invited to attend the Tea Party Action Meeting, “Defending Our 2nd Amendment Rights,” on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant.

Speakers will include Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California, and Madera County Sheriff John Anderson. The meeting will address California Concealed Weapon certification and current proposed gun legislation.Sam ParedesSam Paredes is a member of the Board of Directors of Gun Owners of America and Treasurer of Gun Owner Foundation, and has been working with Gun Owners of California (GOC) for over 30 years. GOC is a non-profit lobbying organization formed to protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights in California, according to their website.

Paredes currently serves as GOC’s Executive Director, a position he has held for the past 13 years, and is Director of the GOC Campaign Committee which is dedicated to defeating anti-gun politicians and replacing them with what they deem to be “solid pro-gun leaders.”

Paredes has been interviewed by many radio stations and newspapers throughout California as an expert on gun laws in the Golden State, has testified in hundreds of legislative committee hearings, and has lobbied the CA Fish and Game Commission and the Department of Fish and Game (renamed the Department of Fish and Wildlife), and the CA Department of Justice.

Paredes is a regular contributor and columnist for California’s conservative magazine devoted to covering state government, California Political Review. He has taught workshops on Confrontational Politics to gun clubs, Tea Party groups and conservative organizations in Missouri, Nevada and California.

Born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents in 1956, Paredes is the second of three children. He attended Pepperdine University on scholarship and graduated in 1978 with a degree in political science and studied at the Foundation for Economic Education in New York.

Madera County Sheriff John AndersonJohn Anderson has been Madera County Sheriff since 1998. Anderson was born and raised in Williams, Ca., and after serving in the U.S. Army, including a stint as an adviser of Laos, he went on to serve as a police officer on the Williams Police Department and a Deputy Sheriff in Stanislaus County.

Anderson also served throughout California as an officer of the California Highway Patrol, commanding 700 uniformed officers and 300 support personnel as CHP Central Division Chief, and retiring at the rank of Chief after 33 years.

Anderson served in Los Angeles during the Watts riots in 1965, and in 1984 oversaw athlete security during the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He also spent a year in Washington D.C. testifying before congressional committees on evaluations for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Sheriff Anderson holds an Associate of Arts degree in Police Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, and a Masters degree in Public Administration. He has instructed college level police and management courses, and authored a true crime book, “The Newhall Incident” published in 1999.

For more information email matp@sti.net or call 866-565-1379.

The Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant is located at 40530 Highway 41 in Oakhurst.

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