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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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USA Today  

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Tennessee: NRA enters debate on gun shows at fairgrounds

The nation’s largest lobbying organization for gun rights has come to the aid of gun shows held at ...

The Washington Post  

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Maryland: Gun show returns to Upper Marlboro, despite reluctance from park agency

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission did not want to host the gun show that is expected ...

Washington Post  

Monday, October 19, 2015

Washington Post gives Hillary Clinton 3 Pinnochios for claim that 40 percent of guns are sold at gun shows and over the Internet without background checks

Washington Post: "By any reasonable measure, Clinton’s claim that 40 percent of guns are sold at gun shows ...

The Washington Post  

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Obama administration has doubts that key Hillary gun proposal can work

When Hillary Clinton rolled out a series of new gun control proposals this week, one of the most ...

The Washington Post  

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Clinton pledges to stand up to the gun lobby

Insisting that "our country is better than this," an emotional Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday ...

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Flies Anti-gun Flag in U.S. House

Friday, May 29, 2015

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Flies Anti-gun Flag in U.S. House

Reliably anti-gun Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced two new rights-restricting bills in the U.S. House of Representatives. May ...

The Santa Fe New Mexican  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Mexico: Bill criminalizing private transfers dies

A bill to require background checks on buyers at gun shows died a fast death Saturday night.Members of ...

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

News  

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 ...

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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.