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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 Hampshire: Senate Committee to Hear Private Transfer Ban

Sunday, April 28, 2019

New Hampshire: Senate Committee to Hear Private Transfer Ban

On April 30th, the New Hampshire state Senate Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 109 to criminalize the ...

California: City of Simi Valley to Consider The Future of Gun Shows at the Monday, April 8 Meeting

Sunday, April 7, 2019

California: City of Simi Valley to Consider The Future of Gun Shows at the Monday, April 8 Meeting

The City of Simi Valley plans to have discussions on possible action regarding the Ventura County Board of Supervisors request ...

California: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move Forward

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

California: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move Forward

This week, the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committee and Assembly Appropriations Committee all heard several firearm-related bills. ...

New Hampshire: Private Transfer Ban & Waiting Period Bills to be Heard in House Committee

Monday, February 11, 2019

New Hampshire: Private Transfer Ban & Waiting Period Bills to be Heard in House Committee

On February 13th, the New Hampshire state House Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee will be hearing two ...

New Mexico: Governor Lujan Grisham Highlights Gun Control In Opening Day Speech

Thursday, January 17, 2019

New Mexico: Governor Lujan Grisham Highlights Gun Control In Opening Day Speech

In her opening day speech to state lawmakers, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham called on them to pass various ...

Mercury News  

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

California: Contra Costa supervisors ask state to ban gun shows at fairgrounds

Deciding that gun shows don’t belong at the county fairgrounds, the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to ...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Renewed push by Sen. Toomey to criminalize private firearms transfers

Mr. Toomey has consistently said that he’s never stopped looking for a way to get the 60 votes ...

California: Ventura County Fair Board to Consider the Future of Gun Shows at the County Fairgrounds

Friday, September 21, 2018

California: Ventura County Fair Board to Consider the Future of Gun Shows at the County Fairgrounds

The Ventura County Fair Board will be meeting on Tuesday September 25 and the topic of gun shows ...

NBC San Diego  

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

California: Del Mar Gun Show Postponed Pending Policy Review

The governing board of the Del Mar Fairgrounds voted Tuesday to postpone the Crossroads of the West Gun ...

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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.