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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.

Issue Articles

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 ...


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 ...

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Virginia: Senate Courts of Justice Committee to Vote Tomorrow on Important Gun Bills

Tomorrow, January 22, the Senate Courts of Justice Committee will meet to consider and vote on several bills ...

Friday, January 17, 2014

Virginia: Report on Legislative Action This Week in Richmond

Today, the following six bills were acted on by the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Virginia: House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee 1 to Hear Several Consequential Gun Bills Tomorrow

Tomorrow at 4:00 p.m., the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Subcommittee 1 will hold a hearing to ...

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Texas: Travis County Commissioners Court to Vote on Tuesday on Future of Saxet Gun Shows at Expo Center

This Tuesday, January 7, the Travis County Commissioners Court is scheduled to consider and vote on whether to ...

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

New Mexico: Interim Legislative Committee Does Not Vote on Endorsing House Bill 77 for 2014 Session

Thank you to all NRA members and Second Amendment supporters who turned out in advance of the snowstorm ...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Florida: WHAT WILL THEY DO? The Leon County Commission meets TODAY

The Leon County Commission meets TODAY, November 19 at 3:00pm.  They have the opportunity to revisit and kill ...

Friday, November 15, 2013

Florida: Letter to the Leon County Commissioners Stating Ordinance Could Lead to Gun Ban and/or Confiscation

The Gun Writer, Lee Williams, of the Herald-Tribune commented on his blog, Hammer: Leon County ordinance could lead ...

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