Sam Paredes has been with Gun Owners of California for over 35 years, currently serving as Executive Director, a position he has held since 1998. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Gun Owners of America and Treasurer of Gun Owners Foundation.
GOC is a non-profit lobbying organization formed to protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights in California. Paredes is a registered lobbyist, has testified in hundreds of legislative committee hearings and has advocated on behalf of the gun community before the California Fish and Game Commission, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Department of Justice.
Paredes has been interviewed by virtually every California news outlet as well as national media such as Fox News, ABC World News Tonight and Al Jazeera as an expert on gun laws in the Golden State. He is a frequent speaker before conservative groups and has given workshops on “Confrontational Politics” in Missouri, Nevada and throughout California. He also serves as co-host of the “Just Guns” radio show, which is heard twice weekly on Money 105.5 FM in Sacramento.
In addition to his work with GOC, Paredes was appointed by California Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson, serving in both administrations in the Trade and Commerce Agency.
Born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents in 1956, Sam is the second of three children. He attended Pepperdine University on scholarship and graduated in 1978 with a degree in political science; he also studied at the Foundation for Economic Education in New York.
Sam is a certified firearms instructor, an avid outdoorsman and enjoys all shooting sports, hunting, fishing, golfing and traveling. He is the father of three children and grandfather to an ever growing brood of grandkids. He serves as a worship leader in his church and lives with his wife in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.