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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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New Mexico: Anti-Gun House Bill 44 to Receive Public Hearing on Saturday, February 7

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Mexico: Anti-Gun House Bill 44 to Receive Public Hearing on Saturday, February 7

On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in Room 307 of the State Capitol, the House Regulatory & Public Affairs Committee ...

Mission Creep: DEA Contemplated Mass Surveillance of Gun Show Attendees

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Mission Creep: DEA Contemplated Mass Surveillance of Gun Show Attendees

Recent revelations about a proposed federal law enforcement program might have some friends and families drawing lots to ...

Virginia: Numerous Pro- and Anti-Gun Bills Heard in Committees, Week of January 30

Friday, January 30, 2015

Virginia: Numerous Pro- and Anti-Gun Bills Heard in Committees, Week of January 30

Yesterday, the Senate passed Senate Bill 1191 by a 28 to 11 vote.  Sponsored by Senator Tommy Norment ...

Virginia: Numerous Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in House Subcommittee Today

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Virginia: Numerous Anti-Gun Bills to be Heard in House Subcommittee Today

Today, at 4:00 P.M., the Virginia House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee #1 will hold a hearing on 11 ...

The Wall Street Journal  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Federal Agency Weighed Spying on Cars at Gun Shows

A federal agent proposed using license-plate readers to scan vehicles around gun shows in order to aid gun-trafficking ...

The Richmond Times-Dispatch  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Virginia: Senate panel defeats gun control measures

If you’re an opponent of gun control, Monday’s Senate Courts of Justice Committee hearing made your day.A host ...

The Tri-City Herald  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Washington: Gun shows, police looking for answers for new background check law

Initiative 594 has been in place since Dec. 4, but those who have to deal with the law ...

Virginia: Republicans dismiss McAuliffe gun-control proposals as political posturing

The Washington Post  

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Virginia: Republicans dismiss McAuliffe gun-control proposals as political posturing

Republican reaction to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to limit who can own a gun in Virginia ranged from ...

The Richmond Times-Dispatch  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Virginia: McAuliffe announces package of gun proposals

Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday announced a series of election-year gun proposals, including initiatives to reinstate the one-gun-a-month ...

News  

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Hampshire: House voting on restricting private transfers

The House is considering legislation to expand New Hampshire's background checks for gun sales and transfers to include ...

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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.