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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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California: Senate Floor Votes Expected this Week and More Bills Appear!

Monday, June 20, 2022

California: Senate Floor Votes Expected this Week and More Bills Appear!

The California Legislature continues to fast track firearm related legislation, making bills eligible for floor votes as early ...

Indiana: Lake County Councilmembers Want to Restrict Gun Shows at Fairgrounds

Friday, June 17, 2022

Indiana: Lake County Councilmembers Want to Restrict Gun Shows at Fairgrounds

Lake County Councilman Charlie Brown (D-Gary) and Councilwoman Christine Cid (D-East Chicago) announced their support for a proposal to ban ...

California: Excise Tax Bill Reemerges as the Legislature Continues to Fast Track Gun Control

Friday, June 10, 2022

California: Excise Tax Bill Reemerges as the Legislature Continues to Fast Track Gun Control

This week, the legislature passed all the gun control bills heard before the Public Safety Committees and will continue their ...

California: Anti-Gun Bill Hearings on Wednesday

Monday, June 6, 2022

California: Anti-Gun Bill Hearings on Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Public Safety Committees of each chamber are hearing anti-gun bills received from the opposite chamber. ...

California: Anti-Gun Bills Eligible for Floor Votes

Saturday, May 21, 2022

California: Anti-Gun Bills Eligible for Floor Votes

On Thursday, both the Assembly and Senate Appropriations Committees took up their suspense files prior to the fiscal ...

California: Gun Control Legislation Continues to Move Through the Legislature

Monday, April 25, 2022

California: Gun Control Legislation Continues to Move Through the Legislature

Last week, the California Legislature returned from spring recess and wasted no time in passing a number of ...

California: Legislature Breaks for Spring Recess

Friday, April 8, 2022

California: Legislature Breaks for Spring Recess

Today, the California Legislature started their spring recess, which will continue through next week when they return for more policy hearings.

California: Parental Disclosure Bill Fails in Committee and More Firearm Related Legislation Scheduled for Hearings

Friday, April 1, 2022

California: Parental Disclosure Bill Fails in Committee and More Firearm Related Legislation Scheduled for Hearings

This week, Senate Bill 906, requiring parental disclosure of firearm ownership and storage practices failed in the Senate ...

California: Fee Hike Bill Eligible for Floor Vote

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

California: Fee Hike Bill Eligible for Floor Vote

Last week, Senate Bill 918, to authorize DoJ to charge higher fees for basic eligibility checks on ammunition ...

California: Firearm Bills Scheduled for Hearings

Thursday, March 3, 2022

California: Firearm Bills Scheduled for Hearings

On March 8th, three separate policy committees will be meeting to hear firearm and hunting related legislation. Please ...

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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.