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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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The Philadelphia Inquirer  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Faced with a boycott, promoters cancel show

Faced with a boycott by gun enthusiasts and fierce criticism from the National Rifle Association, a British exhibition ...

Thursday, January 24, 2013

California: Glendale City Council Approves City Attorney Drafting Ordinance to Ban the Glendale Gun Show

On Tuesday, January 22, the Glendale City Council voted 4 to 1 for the City Attorney to draft ...

The Associated Press  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Virginia: Bill to eliminate traditional gun shows

Under current law, only licensed firearms dealers have to conduct criminal background checks on buyers at gun shows. ...

The Tampa Bay Times  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Florida: Pasco officials move to restrict private sales

A divided Pasco County Commission voted Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to require a three day ...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

TEXAS: Travis County Commissioners Retreat from Gun Show Ban After Stern Warning from Attorney General Greg Abbott and Input from Gun Owners

Thanks to the flood of calls and e-mails from NRA members and a warning from Texas’ pro-gun Attorney General ...

News  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Private Sales Restrictions and Gun Registration

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which became operational in 1998, verifies that a person seeking ...

Los Angeles Times  

Friday, January 11, 2013

Obama gun plan may feature ban on private sales

Speaking to reporters Thursday, Biden said he had found a "surprising recurrence of suggestions" for "universal background checks" ...

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Texas: Urge Travis County Commissioners to Oppose Ban on Gun Shows in Taxpayer-Owned Facilities

Travis County Commissioners, at the urging of their counterparts on the Austin City Council, are considering a proposal ...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

California: Glendale City Council to Consider a Proposed Ordinance to Ban Gun Shows

In 2006, then-Mayor Rafi Manoukian unsuccessfully tried to ban gun shows in Glendale. Now Councilman Rafi Manoukian is ...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Attention Mississippi Permit Holders - Recent Attorney General Opinion Could Affect How You Carry Your Firearm for Protection

Attorney General Jim Hood (D) recently issued an opinion stating that Section 45-9-101 of the Mississippi Code – ...

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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.