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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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California: Legislature Reconvenes from Summer Recess

Monday, August 16, 2021

California: Legislature Reconvenes from Summer Recess

Today, the Legislature reconvenes from its summer recess. On Thursday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee will hear SB 264, legislation that prohibits ...

New Mexico Bans Gun Shows from State Facilities

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

New Mexico Bans Gun Shows from State Facilities

The State of New Mexico will no longer allow gun shows at state-run facilities.  The New Mexico Gun ...

California: Assembly Committee Hearing Gun Show Ban Legislation

Friday, July 9, 2021

California: Assembly Committee Hearing Gun Show Ban Legislation

On July 13th, the Assembly Public Safety Committee is hearing SB 264, legislation that prohibits gun shows from taking place on ...

California: Gun Tax Bill Defeated on Floor, Revived by Procedural Move

Friday, June 4, 2021

California: Gun Tax Bill Defeated on Floor, Revived by Procedural Move

Yesterday, Assembly Bill 1223, the gun tax bill, was defeated on the floor when it did not receive ...

California: Anti-Gun Bills Headed to the Floor

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

California: Anti-Gun Bills Headed to the Floor

Last week was the fiscal deadline in California. Both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees took up their ...

California: Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing Anti-Gun Bills

Sunday, May 2, 2021

California: Senate Appropriations Committee Hearing Anti-Gun Bills

On May 3rd, the Senate Appropriations Committee will hear Senate Bill 264 and Senate Bill 715.

California: More Anti-Gun Bill Committee Hearings Coming Up

Sunday, April 25, 2021

California: More Anti-Gun Bill Committee Hearings Coming Up

This week, a number of anti-gun bills are receiving committee hearings:

California Anti Gun Bill Committee Hearings This Week

Monday, April 19, 2021

California Anti Gun Bill Committee Hearings This Week

This week, a number of anti-gun bills are receiving committee hearings.

California: Committee Passes Gun Tax & Further Restrictions for “Precursor” Parts

Monday, April 12, 2021

California: Committee Passes Gun Tax & Further Restrictions for “Precursor” Parts

Last week, the Assembly Public Safety Committee voted to pass Assembly Bill 1223, to place an additional excise tax on firearms and ammunition, ...

California: Committee Hearing Gun Tax & Further Restrictions on Gun Shows

Thursday, April 1, 2021

California: Committee Hearing Gun Tax & Further Restrictions on Gun Shows

On April 6th, the Assembly Public Safety Committee is hearing Assembly Bill 1223, to tax firearms and ammunition, ...

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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.