The president of the National Rifle Association will speak in Hilo next week.
David Keene, president of the NRA — the nation’s largest gun-lobbying group — will discuss the Second Amendment and recent legal decisions that affect gun-ownership rights.
His speech will be at 7 p.m. on Monday in the Naniloa Volcanoes Resort’s Crown Room. The Conservative Forum of Hawaii is sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.
Keene’s trip to Hilo will mark the first time a sitting NRA president has ever visited Hawaii in an official capacity.
Keene is the son of Wisconsin labor organizers and is former chairman of the American Conservative Union. He is an attorney, columnist, political activist and lobbyist who has worked in the White House and Congress. He has been involved in nearly every congressional battle over gun rights since the early 1970s.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, he will attend a dinner sponsored by the Hawaii Friends of NRA at the Officer’s Club at Kaneohe Marine Corps Base on Oahu, where he will present awards to the new 2012 Hawaii varsity state air rifle champions. On Monday he will be meeting in Kona with Island of Hawaii Friends of NRA for a briefing on the West Hawaii Public Range project.
Contact Conservative Forum President Walter Moe 966-5420 for more information.