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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

Wall Street Journal  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Gun-Show Customers’ License Plates Come Under Scrutiny

Federal agents have persuaded police officers to scan license plates to gather information about gun-show customers, government emails ...


Friday, September 30, 2016

Nashville fairgrounds gun show operator appealing judge’s decision

A longtime gun show operator at The Fairgrounds Nashville is appealing a judge’s July decision to dismiss a ...

National Review  

Monday, August 15, 2016

Behold a Gun Show

In the progressive imagination, American gun shows are uniquely perfidious affairs — nothing more or less than illicit, ...

Arizona Daily Star  

Friday, July 8, 2016

Arizona: Tucson City Council bans sale of popular semi-automatic firearms at convention center

Any weapon capable of firing 10 or more rounds can no longer be sold at the Tucson Convention ...

Weekly Standard  

Monday, July 4, 2016

Gun Shows Should Be Dangerous, but Aren't

Scrapbook friend Daniel Gelernter, an occasional contributor to these pages and an NRA-certified firearms instructor in his spare ...

Times Union  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Called out by gun control advocates, Schumer works fast

A family feud of sorts prompted Sen. Charles Schumer on Monday to hurry up and introduce a promised ...

The Hill  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Schumer to offer gun control bill

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Monday will introduce legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases to gun ...

Las Vegas Review Journal  

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cash flowing into Nevada's battle over gun background check measure

The gun lobby is often portrayed as a goliath, but in the fight in Nevada over the Background ...

With New Mexico State Legislature Ready to Convene, County Officials Take Strong Pro-Second Amendment Stands

Monday, January 18, 2016

With New Mexico State Legislature Ready to Convene, County Officials Take Strong Pro-Second Amendment Stands

State lawmakers will gather in Santa Fe on Tuesday, January 19, for the start of the 30-day legislative ...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Florida Alert: OBAMA Inspired Gun Control Bills in Florida

With President Obama now boldly attacking Second Amendment rights, gun control bills have already been filed by members ...


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