By Danielle Sturgis | August 2 2009 10:26

Thanks to Phil Schreier for the following:

Ronald Schmeits and Sarah Palin

A star-studded banquet concluded the events of the NRA's XVIII Gun Collectors Seminar in Anchorage, Alaska on Saturday night, August 1, 2009.

Luminaries such as NRA President Ronald Schmeits (pictured above with Sarah Palin) and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre attended the four-day seminar in downtown Anchorage. The seminar was hosted by Gun Collectors Committee Chairman Wayne Anthony Ross and the members of the Alaska Gun Collectors Association.

Seminar activities included sessions on World War II in Alaska as well as the life of the common soldier of the American revolution and culminated Saturday evening with a visit from former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who gave a stirring speech on 2nd Amendment rights. Following the speech she was presented with Life Memberships in the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association, Ohio Gun Collectors Association and the Dallas Arms Collectors Association. The members of the Missouri Valley Arms Collectors Association also presented Gov. Palin with an NRA Benefactor Life Membership as well. She was also presented with the NRA's Gold Medal Award of Merit for the Promotion of Gun Collecting. This is only the second time in 10 years the award has been presented on behalf of the NRA's Gun Collectors Committee.

A new Weatherby rifle was auctioned off during the banquet to benefit the NRA Foundation and brought $3,500.

The NRA Gun Collectors Department affiliates over 100 Gun Collector Clubs in the United States. Members of these clubs receive special news from NRA Gun Collectors Programs about activities in their area as well as news on NRA Gun Collector display awards and competition. For more information, call 703-267-1604 or visit us on the web at www.nationalfirearmsmuseum.org.

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