THE #1 DESTINATION FOR AMERICAN GUN OWNERS

An Action-Packed 3-Day Expo Dedicated To American Gun Owners

 

Join Thousands Of Responsibly Armed Americans…

The Concealed Carry Expo, brought to you by the United States Concealed Carry Association, is a consumer show dedicated to opening a world of tactical ingenuity to responsible gun owners. This Expo offers safe and practical seminars from firearm industry experts, a FREE live-fire shooting range to test new handguns and a huge selection of gear, services and information from our trusted industry partners.

Why Should You Attend?

Sharpen your shooting skills at the FREE live-fire range &
reality-based training center
Train side by side with self-defense and firearms experts
Test out women-specific carry options in the Women’s

Concealed Carry Showroom
Explore 100's of products from industry-leading vendors, including guns, holsters, ammo, knives, self-defense gear and more

 

Your Exclusive First Look At The Action-Packed Expo:

EXHIBIT HOURS

Please Note: The Concealed Carry Expo Exhibit Hall Hours Are Different From The Seminar Hours

Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center | Pittsburgh, PA

 

DAY 1

Friday, May 17th

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

 

DAY 2

Saturday, May 18th

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 

DAY 3

Sunday, May 19th

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

PROVING GROUND LIVE

Join Us For A Live Scenario-Based Training Event 

The USCCA presents Proving Ground LIVE, where we like to make training as real as possible, so you can be prepared for the unthinkable. You won't want to miss out on this LIVE training event where 3 different self-defense scenarios will unfold right in front of your eyes. This action-packed evening is one you’re sure to remember with a live discussion and a one hour meet and greet with the panel that includes Tim Schmidt, Kevin Michalowski, Beth Alcazar, and Tom Grieve. Are you ready to experience the first-ever Proving Ground LIVE?

Date: Friday, May 17th
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Ballroom B at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center

 

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DAY 1 DAY 2 DAY 3

MAIN SEMINAR ROOM SCHEDULE

SEMINARS BEGIN AT 8:30 AM DAILY

Please note: some seminars may be earlier than exhibit hall hours. Paid courses require registration.

Dave Young

Dave Young

Handgun Protection & Retention - Keeping Your Firearm in YOUR Control

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room: 321

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Led by self-defense expert Dave Young, this hands-on course will guide you through various drills and exercises to prepare you for some of the most common deadly force scenarios you may encounter when carrying concealed.

Topics covered include: situational awareness, the 10/5/2-foot rule, understanding the five basic safety indicators, how to manage distance and control positioning, strategies for shielding your firearm, escalation options when everything else fails, and much more. Get the skills and knowledge to carry with confidence, train better and survive a deadly encounter.

 

More about Dave Young: Dave Young is a nationally recognized defensive tactics instructor with a 30-year history in military and civilian law enforcement. As the founder and director of ARMA Training and U.S. Fighting Systems, Young has dedicated his life to defensive training instruction. Specializing in personal and officer survival, crowd management, and non-lethal weaponry, he has been featured on the National Geographic channel and sits on the boards of PoliceOne.com and Police Magazine. 

Young is an active member of several organizations, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Rifle Association (NRA), and International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI).
 

Scott Wagner

Scott Wagner

Advanced Revolver Techniques

9:00 am - 11:00 am

Room: 315

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In this course, criminal justice professor and USSCA contributing writer Scott W. Wagner leans on his 36 years of professional law enforcement experience to teach attendees the ins and outs of revolver use for self-defense. This class goes way beyond just the basics and includes rapid reloading, firing with minimal hand strength and understanding why a revolver may fit your self-defense needs better than a semi-automatic pistol. 

Students will be required to provide:
1. A .357 Magnum or .38 Special double-action revolver in safe working condition and suitable for either concealed carry or home defense (a five-, six-, seven- or eight-shot revolver can be used). IF THE CALIBER IS ANYTHING OTHER THAN .357/.38, STUDENTS WILL BE ALLOWED TO USE INSTRUCTOR-PROVIDED WEAPONS. NO AMMUNITION IN THE CLASSROOM. DUMMY AMMUNITION WILL BE USED FOR RELOADING DRILLS. 
2. A strong-side belt-carry holster with a thumb break or equivalent retention device, such as a Blackhawk Serpa holster, and a proper trouser belt. (A paddle holster with retention device is also acceptable.)
3. A speed reloading device (the Safariland Comp II speedloader is preferred, but an HKS speedloader, TUFF Products Tuff Strip or Safariland Speed Strip is also acceptable).

 

More about Scott Wagner: Scott W. Wagner is a 38-year veteran of Ohio law enforcement, with professional service areas spanning undercover liquor investigations, narcotics investigations, patrol, training, SWAT and sniper assignments. Additionally, Wagner has been a professor of Criminal Justice, Police Academy commander and police firearms instructor for more than 30 years. Wagner’s teaching certifications include instruction on the use of revolvers, shotguns, semi-automatic pistols, submachine guns, patrol rifles and fully automatic assault rifles.

Donna Anthony & Becky Bowen

Donna Anthony & Becky Bowen

Reality Based Training 3 in 1

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room: 312

Paid Course

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This hands-on class consists of three distinct 45-minute reality-based training sessions that will help students sharpen their gun-handling skills in a variety of simulated real-world situations. Course sessions will cover firearms handling, proper tactical movement and decision-making, a shooting simulator, and force-on-force training using T4E-converted handguns that employ non-lethal marking rounds. These converted handguns allow scenario participants to safely fight attackers in lethal-force scenarios, then debrief and assess the situations. This training helps scenario participants determine what works and what doesn't when it comes to their equipment, decision-making capabilities and levels of training. It is considered to be the highest level of evaluation/application of skill without having to engage in a real fight.

*NOTE: Gloves and long sleeves/a hooded sweatshirt are required of all attendees. No weapons of any kind are allowed in this course. Attendees are subject to a weapons check before class and will have access to storage units if necessary. 

 

More about Donna Anthony & Becky Bowen: 

Donna Anthony is a law enforcement consultant and certified firearms instructor with more than 20 years of experience in security and enforcement. Professionally, Donna has served as a sworn police officer in Alaska, a field training officer for the Alaska State Trooper Drug Task Force Unit and an Ohio deputy sheriff. After retiring, Donna founded the Alaska Investigation Agency, LLC in 2012 and is currently the owner of Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense Training, LLC. 

Donna’s passion for self-defense drove her to become a member of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. She is also the national training coordinator for The Well Armed Woman and has extensive training in everything from hostage negotiation to tactical operations planning, including Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Undercover Techniques and Anti-Terrorism Training.

Becky Bowen is a longtime firearms industry veteran and certified firearms instructor/trainer. She is the founder of Quivera Firearms Training, which focuses on providing education and instruction in an effort to instill respect of firearms and reduce fear. Some of Becky’s qualifications include: TWAW Instructor and Training Counselor certifications, USCCA Instructor and Training Counselor certifications, NRA Pistol Instructor certification and advanced weapons skills training. 

George Harris

George Harris

In the Beginning: What You Need To Know About Concealed Carry Firearms

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Room: 316

Free

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To master any skill, you must have a solid foundation, and carrying concealed is no different. In this course, renowned firearms instructor George Harris provides answers to many of the questions that new and prospective firearms owners have. Practical topics that are covered include: revolver versus pistol use, caliber selection for personal protection, methods of concealed carry, concealed carry education and training, and so much more. 

This training segment also focuses on the mental aspects of concealed carry. Attendees will learn about simple pathways to safety, the ease with which a firearm can be used successfully virtually anywhere and how to overcome emotional and intellectual barriers that firearm use entails. A brief discussion of the “next steps” will conclude the class.

 

More about George Harris: George Harris has been a leading firearms educator and trainer for more than 40 years. He is the co-founder of SIGARMS Academy, an internationally recognized and highly sought after training institution for armed professionals and responsible citizens. He was awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished badges for both Service Pistol and Service Rifle and served as a coach and team member of the World Champion U.S. Army Reserve International Combat Team. Harris currently serves as the CEO of International Firearms Consultants LLC, a “one-stop shop” for all personal and professional firearms-related needs. 

Derek DeBrosse

Derek DeBrosse

When Not To Pull A Firearm

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Room: 317

Free

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As a firearms owner, defending yourself and your loved ones from an attack is probably at the forefront of your mind. But what happens if you draw your firearm at the wrong time? In this course, Iraq Veteran and Ohio state licensed attorney Derek DeBrosse dives into the analysis of use of force in self-defense as it relates to the law. Various real-world case studies of gun owners who have drawn their firearms prematurely or illegally will be covered. Attendees will learn the legal and mental ins and outs of the crucial debate of when not to use your gun.

 

More about Derek DeBrosse: Derek DeBrosse is a licensed Ohio state attorney whose practice focus includes gun-rights restoration, gun trusts and National Firearms Act (NFA) issues, and Federal Firearms License (FFL) representation. Since his graduation from Regent University School of Law in 2008, he has represented individual, corporate and grass-roots firearms clients in federal and state courts. Prior to his legal career, DeBrosse served a combat duty tour with the 1487th Transportation Company in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. For his service, DeBrosse received the Army Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Combat Action Badge. 

In addition to his legal and service accolades, DeBrosse is certified as both a USCCA and NRA Firearms Instructor, a GLOCK Advanced Armorer, a Smith & Wesson M&P Armorer, an O.P.O.T.A. Duty Knife Instructor and a Defensive Edge Certified Armorer in Precision Rifle/AR15/M4/M16/LEO Shotgun. DeBrosse also serves in a variety of legal and educational positions for multiple pro-Second Amendment organizations, including on the Advisory Board for the USCCA.
 

Michael Martin

Michael Martin

Countering The Mass Shooter Threat

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room: 318

Free

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In this course, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat author Michael Martin reviews data gathered from 48 mass shootings that have occurred since Columbine to determine what can be learned from these terrible tragedies. Questions analyzed include whether a reduction in magazine capacity or any kind of firearms ban could have changed the outcome of these events. Martin also looks at whether so-called “gun-free” zones impact the planning of these mass murderers, whether victim response at any mass shooting has made a difference and whether “universal background checks” or other proposals by gun-control advocates stand a chance of stemming the current trajectory of these shootings. Martin summarizes this data with a comprehensive plan designed to eliminate the scourge of these shooters once and for all.

 

More about Michael Martin: Michael Martin is the researcher and author of Countering the Mass Shooter Threat, Emergency First Aid Fundamentals and Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals. His textbooks and other training materials are used by thousands of instructors across the U.S., and he is considered one of the nation’s foremost experts in mass shootings. In addition to writing, Martin also dedicates his time to volunteering as a lieutenant with his city’s fire and EMS departments. 

Matt Mallory

Matt Mallory

Effective Use of Pepper Spray for Self-Defense

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Room: 315

Free

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Are you not yet ready to use a gun for personal protection? Or would you simply like to complement your current firearm with another powerful, safe and effective self-defense tool? One great, less-than-lethal option for you may be Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), more commonly known as pepper spray. In this seminar, learn the best ways to use pepper spray to stop and escape dangerous threats.

 

More about Matt Mallory: Matt Mallory is a U.S. Army veteran and a highly experienced firearms instructor whose passion for weapons and self-defense began at a very young age. Currently, Mallory works as a sworn New York Law Enforcement Officer, firearms instructor (USCCA, NRA, Utah and New York), self-defense instructor (NY and ASP) and gun store owner. Mallory teaches more than 50 different firearms and self-defense courses each year to thousands of students all over the country. Mallory’s vast experience and passion for teaching ensure that his courses are educational and highly entertaining.

Ryan Thomas

Ryan Thomas

The Concealed Carry Mindset

11:15 am - 12:15 pm

Room: 316

Free

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The Concealed Carry Mindset is about preparing for the unthinkable while hoping it never occurs. It’s about self-control and making tough decisions when seconds matter, all while under extreme pressure. This mindset is about identifying a potential threat and doing everything in our power to avoid it, while also preparing to take action. Concealed carry is so much more than just carrying a gun and being trained to use it; it’s about having the right mindset and thinking critically when the stakes are high. Great responsibility comes with carrying a firearm, and we must train physically and mentally to be ready for it.

 

More about Ryan Thomas: Ryan Thomas is an Air Force veteran, author, public speaker, entrepreneur and enthusiastic Second Amendment activist. Thomas believes that upholding and protecting the Second Amendment should be a priority in our country and that our rights are threatened any time focus is drawn away from the preservation of those rights. Thomas firmly advocates for the training of responsibly armed Americans, as he believes that our country, flag and families can only be protected from violent attacks when the “good guys” are prepared to counter those attacks.

Instructor Zero

Instructor Zero

Stress Pathology

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

Room: 310

Free

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Training to improve your technical skills and physical condition aren’t the only things you need to do to be prepared for an attack. In this session, Instructor Zero will cover the ins and outs of stress pathology and how you can improve your psychological reactions to the stressors you will find in a fight. 

 

More about Instructor Zero: Arguably one of the most recognizable trainers in the international tactical community, Instructor Zero is renowned worldwide for his speed, accuracy and unique “real-world” teaching style. A former Airborne Corporal Instructor, he currently serves as an international security consultant and trainer and is the host of one of the most popular gun channels on YouTube. 

In the past, Instructor Zero has worked with more than 80 different Special Force Units from around the world, including law enforcement. He has been instrumental in the design, analysis and implementation of multiple high-security sites and serves as the head instructor for multiple international training divisions. 
 

Jacob Paulsen

Jacob Paulsen

Five Anti-Gun Policies & Why We Must Say No

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Room: 317

Free

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There is a group of people in this country that wants to take away your gun rights. Its members are clever enough to propose legislation that even many gun owners think is “reasonable.” Attend this presentation to understand the underlying dangers that exist in the most common legislation being proposed at both the state and federal levels. Learn the statistics and data that will help you explain these dangers to others.

 

More about Jacob Paulsen: Jacob Paulsen is the founder and president of ConcealedCarry.com — the nation’s No. 1 resource for concealed carry news, training and resources. Jacob leads a team of more than 50 instructors in 25 states and taught more than 400 concealed carry classes in 2017. Jacob is a USCCA Certified Instructor, an NRA Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer, an affiliate instructor for LASR and Next Level Training, a co-host of the iTunes No. 1 ranked Concealed Carry Podcast, and the author/editor of ConcealedCarry.com. Jacob wrote The Concealed Carry Guide, Survive Anything and Getting the Home Gun Ready. He also hosts an online course called “American Gun Law.”

Sgt. Don Gulla & Gary Drake

Sgt. Don Gulla & Gary Drake

Advanced Concealed Carry - Close Quarters Shooting & Weapons Retention

12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Room: 321

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This three-hour course is designed to deliver advanced concealed carry training. Taught by Sgt. Don Gulla and Gary Drake, this course focuses on combining hand-to-hand tactics with firearms training. Students will learn a variety of tactics, including how to shoot from a seated position, how to develop a flinch draw, weapon retention, close-quarter shooting and small-joint manipulation. 

 

More about Sgt. Don Gulla & Gary Drake: Sergeant Don Gulla is a veteran of the King County Sheriff's Office in Washington State and the founder of the police and public safety training organization Gulla’s Arrestling. His comprehensive law enforcement career includes 12 years of full-time SWAT Team experience and seven years of service as an Academy Instructor. Additionally, Gulla holds certifications as a Chief SIRT Pistol Instructor, Master Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor, and Senior Master Taser Instructor. Sergeant Gulla is also a five-time gold medalist of the World Police & Fire Games in Karate and, after more than 45 years practicing the sport, was inducted into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2016. Gary Drake is a veteran of law enforcement, law enforcement training, military training, tactical training and the United States Marine Corps. His certifications and awards include SIRT Pistol Instructor, Level 4 Arrestling Instructor and induction into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame. Drake currently serves as an instructor of Firearms and Defensive Tactics for Basic Academy Recruits at the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center.

Dave Spaulding

Dave Spaulding

Developing the Combative Mind

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Room: 316

Free

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The right combative mindset is the most “essential of essentials” as it relates to one’s personal security. Without it, every skill developed will be completely useless. In this lecture, attendees will begin the journey toward developing the proper state of mind to ensure their personal safety. For those who feel they already have the proper state of mind, the lecture will offer “food for thought” in regards to continual preparation.

 

More about Dave Spaulding: David J. Spaulding is a professional firearms instructor with more than 36 years of experience in law enforcement and federal security. A recipient of the 2010 Law Enforcement Trainer of the Year award, Spaulding has utilized his expertise to train students around the world in realistic handgun techniques. During his years of service in law enforcement, Spaulding spent time in communications, corrections, the narcotics unit, court security, patrol, evidence collection, investigations and SWAT Team training. Spaulding is also a published author. His works include Defensive Living and Handgun Combatives as well as more than 1,400 industry articles. Currently, Spaulding is the founder and operator of his own training company, Handgun Combatives, which focuses on “the combative applications of the handgun.”

Anthony Lambert

Anthony Lambert

Stop the Bleeding, Start the Breathing

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Room: 315

Free

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Did you know that loss of blood is the No. 1 reason people perish after a defensive conflict? Blood is the liquid of life! In this seminar, join Concealed Carry Magazine Lifeline columnist and former U.S. Navy Chief Hospital Corpsman Anthony Lambert as you learn about the medical aftermath of a defense shooting, common injury management, risk management and so much more. This easy-to-follow course utilizes a hands-on and discussion-based approach and teaches skills that are applicable even in everyday life. Ask yourself, “Am I more likely to be in a gunfight or experience some type of medical emergency?” Learn how to save a life; it may be your OWN! 

 

More about Anthony Lambert: Anthony Lambert is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, retiring in 2010 as a Chief Hospital Corpsman. He brings real-life experience to his presentation, sharing his knowledge and best practices to save lives. He is the author of the Lifeline column in the USCCA’s Concealed Carry Magazine, providing readers with medical stories, skills and everyday-use knowledge. He has numerous training certifications in the firearms industry, including USCCA Training Counselor. 

Donna Anthony & Becky Bowen

Donna Anthony & Becky Bowen

Reality Based Training 3 in 1

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Room: 312

Paid Course

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This hands-on class consists of three distinct 45-minute reality-based training sessions that will help students sharpen their gun-handling skills in a variety of simulated real-world situations. Course sessions will cover firearms handling, proper tactical movement and decision-making, a shooting simulator, and force-on-force training using T4E-converted handguns that employ non-lethal marking rounds. These converted handguns allow scenario participants to safely fight attackers in lethal-force scenarios, then debrief and assess the situations. This training helps scenario participants determine what works and what doesn't when it comes to their equipment, decision-making capabilities and levels of training. It is considered to be the highest level of evaluation/application of skill without having to engage in a real fight.

*NOTE: Gloves and long sleeves/a hooded sweatshirt are required of all attendees. No weapons of any kind are allowed in this course. Attendees are subject to a weapons check before class and will have access to storage units if necessary. 

 

More about Donna Anthony & Becky Bowen: 

Donna Anthony is a law enforcement consultant and certified firearms instructor with more than 20 years of experience in security and enforcement. Professionally, Donna has served as a sworn police officer in Alaska, a field training officer for the Alaska State Trooper Drug Task Force Unit and an Ohio deputy sheriff. After retiring, Donna founded the Alaska Investigation Agency, LLC in 2012 and is currently the owner of Point Blank Firearms & Self Defense Training, LLC. 

Donna’s passion for self-defense drove her to become a member of the National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association. She is also the national training coordinator for The Well Armed Woman and has extensive training in everything from hostage negotiation to tactical operations planning, including Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Undercover Techniques and Anti-Terrorism Training.

Becky Bowen is a longtime firearms industry veteran and certified firearms instructor/trainer. She is the founder of Quivera Firearms Training, which focuses on providing education and instruction in an effort to instill respect of firearms and reduce fear. Some of Becky’s qualifications include: TWAW Instructor and Training Counselor certifications, USCCA Instructor and Training Counselor certifications, NRA Pistol Instructor certification and advanced weapons skills training. 
 

John Correia

John Correia

Surviving an Armed Robbery: An Evidence-Based Approach

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Room: 310

Free

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In this seminar, Active Self Protection founder John Correia will be diving into the common factors that emerge in armed robberies. Attendees will learn evidence-based strategies to help them safely prevail if they are ever caught in an armed robbery situation.

 

More about John Correia: 

John Correia is a United States Navy veteran and founder of the self-defense organization Active Self Protection. A prominent figure in the defense industry, Correia is a nationally recognized speaker on real-life defensive encounters and the host and owner of one of the most popular self-defense and firearms channels on YouTube. Additionally, Correia is a black-belt practitioner and presenter of UMAS Kenpo, with a focus specialty in empty-handed skills for firearms carriers. 

Correia is a Rangemaster Certified Pistol Instructor, State of Arizona Armed Guard Instructor, UTM Professional Training Organization Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer and Certified Pistol Instructor, Law of Self-Defense Instructor graduate, and Shooting-Performance Instructor Development Course graduate.
 

Haim Geri

Haim Geri

Threat Detection And Stopping It Before It Materializes

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Room: 316

Free

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In this course, Haim Geri utilizes his decades of experience in counter-terrorism, SWAT and firearms training to bring students inside the real-life protocol of the Israeli Security Model. Course sections include the key concepts and methodologies that make up the model, prevention methods, and reaction/fighting methods. Students will be educated on in-depth topics, including the use of threat-based analysis, localized response capabilities, security questioning, insider threat-prevention programs, Krav Maga technique, Israeli shooting technique and its effectiveness in countering and neutralizing active threats, and more. 

 

More about Haim Geri: Haim Geri is the senior instructor and operational advisor for IMI Academy. Previously, he served in the Israel Defense Forces as company commander and assistant chief of staff for operations in charge of the northern border and as an air marshall for El Al Airlines. Upon discharge from the Israel Defense Forces at the rank of Captain, Geri joined the General Security Services (GSS) of Israel, where he served as chief of security for the Israeli embassies in Latin America and Switzerland. 

Geri is also an instructor for the GSS Counter-Terror Academy and has dedicated his expertise to training students in aviation, maritime operations, critical infrastructure and executive protection tactics. Geri is proud to bring his collective real-world experience and decades of knowledge in counter-terrorism, SWAT and firearms training to a new generation of professionals.
 

Dave Young

Dave Young

Active Shooter Survival Workshop

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Room: 321

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During this 90-minute workshop, Dave Young will cover the most common indicators and threats that occur before and during active-shooter attacks. Attendees will learn about everything from common traits of active shooters to becoming a tactical leader during an active-shooter event. This crucial workshop is fast-paced and hands-on and will arm you with field-proven strategies to manage the safety of yourself and your family.

 

More about Dave Young: Dave Young is nationally recognized defensive tactics instructor with a 30-year history in military and civilian law enforcement. As the founder and director of ARMA Training and U.S. Fighting Systems, Young has dedicated his life to defensive training instruction. Specializing in personal and officer survival, crowd management, and non-lethal weaponry, he has been featured on the National Geographic channel and sits on the boards of PoliceOne.com and Police Magazine. 

Young is an active member of several organizations, including the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), National Rifle Association (NRA), and International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors (GALEFI).
 

Steve Fischer

Steve Fischer

Developing A Home Defense Plan

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Room: 310

Free

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Developing a personal- and home-protection plan is a key component of not only preparing for how we should (or might) react if confronted by a violent crime but also avoiding violent crime in the first place. Within this lesson, you will learn that developing a protection plan is about much more than becoming proficient with a firearm or writing up a home-invasion plan. It’s a plan that must encompass awareness, avoidance and preparation so that you’re less (rather than more) likely to find yourself in a situation where you have no other option than to use your firearm.

 

More about Steve Fischer: Steve Fischer started his training early on in the Martial Arts. His hunting and range experiences with his father and grandfather led him on a lifelong journey and ignited his passion for personal defense and firearms.

While serving in the U.S.A.R., Steve completed training as an Infantry Soldier, Combat Lifesaver, Master Fitness Trainer and Drill Sergeant and eventually became an instructor at the U.S. Army Drill Sergeant School. Steve competed for a number of years as a member of the 84th Division High Power Rifle Team and eventually earned his Army Excellence in Competition Bronze Rifle Badge. 

Steve’s commitment to Martial Arts led him to become a full-time Martial Arts Instructor. After 35+ years of teaching and training, Steve decided to retire from the profession as a Kukkiwon Certified 4th Degree Master Instructor and has since been recommended to skip test to 6th Degree in honor of his long-term commitment to passing on his knowledge.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services and has had the privilege of learning from and training with a wide variety of experts, including George Harris, Steven Gilcreast, Massad Ayoob, Rob Pincus, Lew Gosnell, Eric Ingersoll, Chris Currie, Mike Hughes, Dave Young, Anthony Lambert, Deryck Poole, Barret Kendrick and Jason Speller.
 

Anthony Lambert

Anthony Lambert

Home Defense With A Shotgun - Best Practices

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Room: 315

Free

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Many gun owners, whether they carry a firearm every day or not, own either a rifle or a shotgun for hunting or sporting purposes. These firearms can be some of the most practical weapons for home defense. Anthony Lambert goes through the most effective ways to use these weapons to defend your home in this one-hour seminar. 

 

More about Anthony Lambert: Anthony Lambert is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps, retiring in 2010 as a Chief Hospital Corpsman. He brings real-life experience to his presentation, sharing his knowledge and best practices to save lives. He is the author of the Lifeline column in the USCCA’s Concealed Carry Magazine, providing readers with medical stories, skills and everyday-use knowledge. He has numerous training certifications in the firearms industry, including USCCA Training Counselor. 

Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman

The Ultimate Concealed Carry Beginners Guide

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm

Room: 315

Free

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The "Ultimate Concealed Carry Beginner's Guide" contains the most popular episodes published as part of the Concealed Carry Podcast. In this series, the show hosts share their own experiences of learning to carry concealed from a lot of trial and error (mostly error)! Skip all the trouble and fast-track your road to concealed carry success as Riley reveals the lessons learned in one power-packed presentation about all the dos and don'ts of the lifestyle. Topics include what types of holsters and which positions work best, concealed carry clothing tips (including how to minimize printing), and tips about what gear to buy and what to avoid. If you're just getting started, this presentation is perfect for you. And if you're more experienced, come see what you're still missing!

 

More about Riley Bowman: Riley Bowman is a professional instructor, competitive shooter and podcast host, currently serving as the director of training for ConcealedCarry.com. Besides guiding the curriculum development, certification and growth of the instructor network now totaling more than 60 instructors in 27 states, he also leads the media team responsible for producing editorial, video and audio content. He produces and hosts the Concealed Carry Podcast, a semi-weekly show totaling more than 2 million downloads. Riley has a background in law enforcement and is a passionate instructor with certifications as a USCCA Training Counselor, NRA Certified Instructor and Colorado POST Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor. Riley was also a top-10 finalist at the National Championship of Outdoor Channel’s The American Marksman. He currently stays busy instructing and competing in major 3-Gun matches.

John Lovell

John Lovell

Home Defense

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Room: 318

Free

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Building a home-defense plan is multi-dimensional and essential. When done properly, a well-thought-out plan can substantially reduce your family's risk of becoming victims. In this presentation, John Lovell will walk attendees through some of the biggest factors to consider in home defense, including: avoiding becoming a target, denying entry, early warning, tactical planning, prior training considerations, weapon selection and what happens in the aftermath. 

 

More about John Lovell: John Lovell is a special operations forces veteran and certified full-time tactics and firearms instructor. His areas of expertise include: night vision implications, low-light tactics, room clearing, pistol/rifle courses and home defense. Lovell is proud to have served his country in the 2nd Ranger Battalion, with numerous combat tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan. His overseas experience also includes serving as a missionary in Central America for four years. He received a B.A. in business and considers himself not only an instructor but also a student of war, philosophy, theology and history.

Tim Schmidt, Kevin Michalowski, Beth Alcazar & Tom Grieve

Tim Schmidt, Kevin Michalowski, Beth Alcazar & Tom Grieve

Proving Ground LIVE

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Room: Ballroom B

Paid Course

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The USCCA presents Proving Ground LIVE, where we like to make training as real as possible, so you can be prepared for the unthinkable. You won't want to miss out on this LIVE training event where 3 different self-defense scenarios will unfold right in front of your eyes. This action-packed evening is one you’re sure to remember with a live discussion and a one hour meet and greet with the panel that includes Tim Schmidt, Kevin Michalowski, Beth Alcazar, and Tom Grieve. Are you ready to experience the first-ever Proving Ground LIVE?

Ron Aguiar

Ron Aguiar

Defending Houses of Worship

3:00pm - 5:00pm

Room: 317

Free

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Ron Aguiar, national church safety and security expert and founder of Oasis Safety, will be speaking on how to protect places of worship. Recently, more and more churches have reached out to Aguiar for assessments and training on how to increase security for their buildings and members. Aguiar will cover topics such as protecting children, guns in churches, volunteer training, setting up a security team and case studies of active shooters. His expertise in church security comes from more than 19 years of experience as Director of Safety and Security for Southeast Christian Church (Louisville, Kentucky) as well as years in law enforcement and private security.

 

More about Ron Aguiar: Ron Aguiar is the CEO and founder of Oasis Safety, a training provider for houses of worship. Through a focus on prevention and management of emergency situations, Oasis Safety provides responsive training in such areas as active-shooter scenarios, child sexual abuse prevention and security assessments. In addition to being a former law enforcement officer, Aguiar’s more than 30 years of private defense experience includes employment as Papa John’s international safety and security director and 19 years of service as safety and security director for Southeast Christian Church (one of America’s largest churches).

Rob Pincus

Rob Pincus

Defensive Shooting Fundamentals

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Room: 316

Free

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In order to maximize your time at the range, it’s imperative that you train in as effective, realistic and practical a manner as you can. Rob Pincus will discuss the steps you’ll need to take to go from just sending rounds downrange to actually training in specific, tested methods of armed self-defense.

Rob Pinus is a leading international personal defense educator specializing in the area of defensive shooting. He is the executive director of Personal Defense Network and owner of I.C.E. Training Company. Rob has conducted training courses for armed professionals and people interested in personal and home defense for more than two decades and is the author of several books and producer of more than 100 DVDs on self-defense topics. In addition to his work in the education field, he is the designer of the Avidity Arms PD10 pistol and a well-respected consultant to ranges around the world. He has spent thousands of hours researching, developing and teaching the courses that he and his team of certified instructors offer.

Chris Cerino

Chris Cerino

Safe & Effective Use of Your Rifle for Home Defense

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Room: 318

Free

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Many gun owners, whether they carry a firearm every day or not, own rifles or shotguns for hunting or sporting purposes. These firearms can be some of the most practical weapons for home defense. In this one-hour seminar, Chris Cerino goes through the most effective ways to use these weapons to defend your home.

Chris Cerino has served as a federal and municipal peace officer for the past 26 years. He is an internationally recognized firearms instructor and competitor who has spent more than two decades instructing law enforcement officers, civilians and military personnel on the nuances of effective firearms use. Cerino has been a featured host on a wide range of defense-related media, including Gun Venture, Gun Talk TV, Guns and Gear, First Person Defender and Top Shot (twice!). Cerino enjoys recognition as a published author on the topics of firearms training and instruction. 

Jason Speller

Jason Speller

The D.R.A.W Method True Innovation, Not Tradition

12:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Room: 317

Free

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In 2014, a collaboration between world-class firearms instructors, Olympic Team doctors and athletic trainers developed into the very popular Law Enforcement D.R.A.W. School. Several of the techniques and benefits of D.R.A.W. have been highlighted in Into The Fray with Concealed Carry Magazine Executive Editor Kevin Michalowski and “Tactical Tuesday” with USCCA Training Operations Manager Steve Fischer. Frequent video guest instructor Jason Speller will personally bring this highly unique, simple training and shooting style to civilians at the Concealed Carry Expo. During these two powerful training sessions, learn directly from Jason as he takes an in-depth look at why the D.R.A.W. method works so well, why you should be using it and the traditional shooting myths you need to know about.

Jason Speller is a 27-year public safety veteran and currently serves as the chief firearms instructor for the national Law Enforcement D.R.A.W. School Firearms Training program. He works with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and has worked internationally on various projects. He oversees and trains alongside a cadre of 72 law enforcement instructors nationally. He has been referred to as the “best kept secret” in firearms training and is highly regarded for his expertise, training style and innovation in the firearms training community. His easy-to-understand, no-nonsense approach to firearms training is as enlightening as it is refreshing.

Will Parker

Will Parker

Addressing Criminal Encounters on the Job

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Room: 318

Free

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This one-hour presentation by Will Parker discusses the professions of ATM fillers, delivery persons, and taxi, Uber and Lyft drivers interacting with bad actors and violent criminals. You’ll uncover soft counter-measures, hard counter-measures (up to and including using a firearm) and fighting inside of your vehicle with a gun.

 

More about Will Parker: Will Parker is a highly passionate, experienced firearms instructor and the founder of Freddie Merc's Gun Wercs and Glacier Speaks IT. Parker retired in 2011 after a 25-year career with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Parker teaches others to not be victims of violence through both soft and hard measures. Outside of those who carry a firearm, he specializes in teaching realtors how to not be victims in their profession. In his 40+ years of experience with firearms, Parker has trained hundreds of citizens and instructors while continuing his own education in the art of teaching others. Some of Parker’s training certifications include USCCA Senior Training Counselor and Instructor, USCCA Defensive Shooting Fundamentals Level I & II Instructor, I.C.E. Defensive Firearms Coach, Law of Self-Defense Instructor Program Graduate, NRA Certified Instructor, NRA Range Safety Officer, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Instructor, Private Security Specialist, Rangemaster Instructor Development Graduate, MAG-40 Graduate and USMC Weapons & Tactics Instructor.

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Jennifer Cisney

Jennifer Cisney

Fight or Freeze: Being Prepared for Threats, Survival, and Recovery

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Room: Women's Concealed Carry Showroom

Free

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Everyone is biologically hardwired to respond to danger thanks to an internal emergency response system. But without proper training, these reactions are dependent on pure instinct, which may not always have the desired results in this day and age. In this presentation, Jennifer Cisney will review how fight, flight and freeze responses operate in humans and how you can make those automatic reactions work to your advantage. This seminar will also briefly address survival response recovery and how to support a quick and complete recovery from traumatic events. 

 

More about Jennifer Cisney: Jennifer Cisney Ellers is a professional counselor, life coach, crisis response trainer, author and speaker specializing in the field of grief, crisis and trauma through the Institute for Compassionate Care. She is an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, teaching several CISM courses. She serves as director of the Grief, Crisis and Disaster Network of the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as a clinical director for the Crisis Response Team of the United States Concealed Carry Association. She co-authored The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders with her husband, Dr. Kevin Ellers.

Carrie Lightfoot

Carrie Lightfoot

Warrior Women

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Room: Women's Concealed Carry Showroom

Free

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Warrior Woman is a unique, comprehensive program that will prepare you on every level to be the best self-protector you can be. Work with Carrie Lightfoot to be more aware every day and ready to respond as the best defender of yourself and your loved ones. Each training video will provide four key steps to help educate and train you. You will take a look at some possible attack scenarios, analyze each of them as a group and then discuss what happened and what options you have. The tactics and defense concepts necessary to survive will be broken down and reinforced in the workout portion to build the muscle memory and strength you need as a Warrior Woman.

 

More about Carrie Lightfoot: Carrie Lightfoot is the founder and owner of The Well Armed Woman, LLC, the largest and most trusted women’s resource committed to bringing innovative products, training and information to women gun owners everywhere. She is also the founder and chairwoman of the board of TWAW Shooting Chapters Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with 340 chapters in 49 states and a membership of more than 12,000.

Carrie is a published author of many articles in industry-leading magazines and a book, The Well Armed Woman’s Concise Guide to Concealed Carry. She is a popular national speaker and frequent guest in national media, including TIME, NBC Nightly News, USA Today, FOX News, Blaze TV and NRA News. She was also named by Newsmax as one of 2015’s 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates, was the recipient of the 2015 GLOCK Safety Ambassador Awared and was named the NSSF Project Childsafe S.A.F.E Local Champion. 

Jacob Paulsen & Riley Bowman

Jacob Paulsen & Riley Bowman

Vehicle Firearm Tactics

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Room: Demonstration Stage

Free

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More than 115,000 murders and rapes begin in a car each year. Every 13 minutes, someone is the victim of a violent carjacking. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on a destination academy, join us for this short presentation. We will review some of the core nuances of vehicular defense to help you survive America's roadways.

 

More about Jacob Paulsen & Riley Bowman: 

Jacob Paulsen is the founder and president of ConcealedCarry.com — the nation’s No. 1 resource for concealed carry news, training and resources. Jacob leads a team of more than 50 instructors in 25 states and taught more than 400 concealed carry classes in 2017. Jacob is a USCCA Certified Instructor, an NRA Certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer, an affiliate instructor for LASR and Next Level Training, a co-host of the iTunes No. 1 ranked Concealed Carry Podcast, and the author/editor of ConcealedCarry.com. Jacob wrote The Concealed Carry Guide, Survive Anything and Getting the Home Gun Ready. He also hosts an online course called “American Gun Law.”


Riley Bowman is a professional instructor, competitive shooter and podcast host, currently serving as the director of training for ConcealedCarry.com. Besides guiding the curriculum development, certification and growth of the instructor network now totaling more than 60 instructors in 27 states, he also leads the media team responsible for producing editorial, video and audio content. He produces and hosts the Concealed Carry Podcast, a semi-weekly show totaling more than 2 million downloads. Riley has a background in law enforcement and is a passionate instructor with certifications as a USCCA Training Counselor, NRA Certified Instructor and Colorado POST Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor. Riley was also a top-10 finalist at the National Championship of Outdoor Channel’s The American Marksman. He currently stays busy instructing and competing in major 3-Gun matches.

Sam Rosenberg

Sam Rosenberg

Why We Freeze

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Room: Demonstration Stage

Free

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Uncover how to overcome the paralysis effect under extreme stress in this interactive presentation. Sam Rosenberg will pull a participant from the audience and use a gun-disarming demonstration to explain one of the most important yet misunderstood physiological aspects of performance under life-or-death stress.

 

Sam Rosenberg is a former U.S. Marine Close Protection Specialist who has worked globally for high-profile clients, such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Anthony Robbins, Warren Buffett, Michael Phelps, Tom Cruise and many others. Rosenberg is the founder and CEO of the INPAX Academy of Personal Protection as well as the developer of the Active Shooter Survival Escape and Response Tactics (ASSERT) program. ASSERT teaches individuals what to do if they come face-to-face with an intruder. Throughout his career in the defense industry, Rosenberg has served as a trainer to Delta Force Operators, Navy Seals and law enforcement professionals. Rosenberg is also the author of The Traveler's Guide to Personal Security and is considered a subject matter expert and consultant on violence prevention, threat management and personal/institutional security. 

Dave Starin & Mike Barham

Dave Starin & Mike Barham

Safe & Effective Use of a Shoulder Holster System

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Room: Demonstration Stage

Free

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Dave Starin and Mike Barham will cover the safe and effective adjustment, wear and use of a Galco shoulder holster system for concealed carry.

Dave Starin is a retired law enforcement officer with more than 20 years of service in the field. Starin’s professional experiences include time on a multi-agency tri-state gang task force, in the narcotics unit and in multiple SWAT Team roles (including commander). Starin was also the lead firearms and defensive tactics instructor for his agency and regional training academy and served as a subject matter expert for his state’s Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) board. Starin was a Gunsite Academy Range Master for 18 years and director of training for six years. Starin is proud to have trained thousands of law-abiding citizens, law enforcement and elite military personnel in firearms and defensive tactics. 

Mike Barham is an Arizona Army National Guard infantry battalion veteran with service experience in Afghanistan and at the U.S.-Mexico border. Over the last 15 years, Barham has worked as an employee in a variety of positions at Galco Gunleather. In addition to his vast industry experience, Barham has attended hundreds of hours of training at educational facilities, including Gunsite Academy, Front Sight, Chuck Taylor’s American Small Arms Academy, James Yeager Tactical Response and the Massad Ayoob Group. 

Riley Bowman

Riley Bowman

Handgun Shooting Essentials - Live Teaching Demo

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Room: Demonstration Stage

Free

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Riley Bowman will go over the essential skills you need to shoot a handgun effectively in a self-defense situation. He will bring volunteers up on stage to demonstrate principles related to grip, trigger control, recoil management, body position or form, movement and more! This is guaranteed to fit as much training as a typical four-hour class into just 60 minutes.

Riley Bowman is a professional instructor, competitive shooter and podcast host, currently serving as the director of training for ConcealedCarry.com. Besides guiding the curriculum development, certification and growth of the instructor network now totaling more than 60 instructors in 27 states, he also leads the media team responsible for producing editorial, video and audio content. He produces and hosts the Concealed Carry Podcast, a semi-weekly show totaling more than 2 million downloads. Riley has a background in law enforcement and is a passionate instructor with certifications as a USCCA Training Counselor, NRA Certified Instructor and Colorado POST Handgun and Patrol Rifle Instructor. Riley was also a top-10 finalist at the National Championship of Outdoor Channel’s The American Marksman. He currently stays busy instructing and competing in major 3-Gun matches.

WHAT MAKES THE CONCEALED CARRY EXPO THE #1 DESTINATION FOR AMERICAN GUN OWNERS?

Hear It For Yourself, Straight From Our Attendees…

 

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Get hands-on experience shooting new firearms in the USCCA’s Live-Fire Range and work one-on-one with a Certified Instructor in the Reality-Based Training Center...

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Arm yourself with training courses, classes and the educational tools you need to become the best responsibly armed version of yourself...

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Discover the newest guns and gear the concealed carry world has to offer first hand as you make your way through hundreds of industry-leading vendor booths...

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Learn more about how your USCCA Membership can bring your family the ultimate peace of mind in the event of a self-defense incident...

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Uncover the answers to the most-asked questions about women’s concealed carry and try the top women’s products in the industry in the Women’s Concealed Carry Showroom...

EXPERIENCE first-hand self-defense training in THE FREE live-fire range & the REALITY-BASED TRAINING CENTER

See The Training Center & Live-Fire Shooting Range In Action Below…

  • Sharpen your skills with unlimited free rounds of ammo at the Live-Fire Shooting Range
  • Shoot the brand-new guns you've been dying to get your hands on from these brands: FNH, Ideal Conceal, Walther, SIG Sauer, Ruger and Charter Arms
  • Train side-by-side a Certified Instructor at the Reality-Based Training Center
  • Learn how to react under stress and get the most from your training

SAFETY FIRST

Concealed Carry Expo Firearms Policy

Defensive sidearms are welcome inside this show. All state laws
will apply and all guests must abide by the following rules:
1

Your personal defensive sidearm WILL REMAIN HOLSTERED at all times unless you are reacting to an imminent deadly threat. In the unlikely event you need to use your firearm in defense of life remember the rules: Target Acquisition, Target Identification and Target Isolation.

2

You are specifically prohibited from drawing your firearm to check holster fit, “show” the gun to anyone, or otherwise conduct ANY administrative handling of your defensive firearm. This includes, but is not limited to loading, unloading, clearing, cleaning or any other activity that does not involve reaction to an imminent deadly threat.

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ANYONE observed violating any of the above-mentioned rules will be immediately escorted from the premises and barred from returning. No refund of your admission fee will be given.

 

LOCATION

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd,
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh
412.281.3700

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EXHIBIT HOURS:

Friday, May 17th | 2:00pm - 7:00pm

Saturday, May 18th | 9:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, May 19th | 10:00am - 4:00pm

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