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Gun Shows

Gun shows are widely attended by Americans interested in firearms for defensive purposes, hunting, sports, recreation and historical significance.

In the 1990s, gun control supporters began claiming that criminals were commonly acquiring guns at shows. However, studies by the federal government have repeatedly shown that less than one percent of state prison inmates incarcerated for gun crimes acquired their guns at shows, while most acquired guns through theft, on the black market, or from family members or friends.

In the same period, gun control supporters began pushing federal legislation to require background checks on the relatively small number of people at shows who buy guns from people who are not dealers. Now, they demand a background check for any sale, trade, gift or other transfer of any firearm, anywhere, to anyone—in some cases, including family members or friends.

NRA opposes expansion of the background check system, because criminals easily get guns by other means and because expanding the background check requirement would be a step toward transforming the background check system into a national gun registry.

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Friday, November 7, 2008

The Gun Show Myth

Gun shows are large, public events that for many decades have been held in convention centers and banquet ...

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

H.R. 1384: The Firearms Commerce Modernization Act

H.R. 1384, introduced by Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), would remove several antiquated and unnecessary restrictions imposed on interstate ...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Chris Cox's Political Report--Sen. John Edwards

John Edwards' four years in the Senate are characterized primarily by poor attendance, but the votes he has ...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Chris Cox's Political Report--Sen. John Edwards

John Edwards' four years in the Senate are characterized primarily by poor attendance, but the votes he has ...

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Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Chris Cox's Political Report--Sen. John Edwards

John Edwards' four years in the Senate are characterized primarily by poor attendance, but the votes he has ...

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Tuesday, March 2, 2004

NRA Statement on S.1805

NRA Statement on S. 1805 from Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President,  and Chris W.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Gun Shows: An American Tradition

Gun Shows, a piece of Americana. Like boat shows, car shows and art shows, gun shows are large ...

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Monday, July 16, 2001

Americans For Gun Safety May Be The Name . . .

James L. Pate explains that AGS is an anti-gun group trying to present itself as a "moderate" alternative ...

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Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Oregon Clarification

SHORTLY AFTER THE OCTOBER 9 NRA-ILA SPECIAL OREGON FAX ALERT WAS SENT OUT, THE FOLLOWING CLARIFICATION WAS SENT ...

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Thursday, October 5, 2000

Gun Shows, Where Is The Loophole?

In November, the voters in Colorado and Oregon will vote on the issue of background checks at gun ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.