The annual Values Voter Summit, hosted by the conservative Family Research Council, is taking extra security measures at this year's event, according to an email blast sent out by the group. The email reads:
Important Security Information:
Due to enhanced security, all bags, packages and purses are subject to search at the discretion of our security team.
You MUST present a valid government-issued photo ID when you register.
You must pick up your own name tag, tickets and registration materials. We will not permit attendees to pick another person's materials, with the exception of a married couple.
In August 2012, a man entered the FRC headquarters, located in Washington, D.C., carrying a Chick-Fil-A bag and shot a security guard. The man pleaded guilty to the shooting and in September was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
At the last Values Voter Summit, a gay-rights group protested in the lobby of the hosting hotel's convention area. "Your values are killing us!" some eight protesters, men and women, yelled following a speech by former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.).
In the past, security at the Summit was limited to check-in, which did not require proof of ID.
Speakers at the event in the past of included former Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan, former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, and Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
This year's event will be held at the same hotel in D.C. as it has been for at least the past two years. It is scheduled for Oct. 11-13.