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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: Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Adding More Restrictions to Gun Shows

Monday, October 11, 2021

California: Governor Newsom Signs Legislation Adding More Restrictions to Gun Shows

Despite lawful gun ownership and gun shows already being highly regulated by California law, Governor Gavin Newsom once ...

California: Governor Newsom Signs Anti-Privacy Legislation

Friday, September 24, 2021

California: Governor Newsom Signs Anti-Privacy Legislation

Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 173 into law, giving researchers access to a host of information on gun ...

National Review  

Friday, September 17, 2021

Gun-Control Laws Aren’t about Preventing Crimes

In the latest issue of National Review, I write about the lax enforcement of our gun laws and ...

California: Gun Owner's Privacy Now in Newsom's Hands

Friday, September 10, 2021

California: Gun Owner's Privacy Now in Newsom's Hands

Yesterday, the Senate passed Assembly Bill 173, and the Assembly concurred with the amendments. It makes available to ...

California: Gun Show Restriction Bill to Return to Senate for Concurrence

Friday, September 3, 2021

California: Gun Show Restriction Bill to Return to Senate for Concurrence

Yesterday, the Assembly voted 51-21 to pass Senate Bill 264, previously amended by the Assembly Appropriations Committee to narrow the scope ...

California: Anti-Gun Bills Head to Assembly Floor

Friday, August 27, 2021

California: Anti-Gun Bills Head to Assembly Floor

Yesterday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee took up the suspense file and passed SB 264, with amendments that narrow the scope ...

California: Legislature Reconvenes from Summer Recess

Monday, August 16, 2021

California: Legislature Reconvenes from Summer Recess

Today, the Legislature reconvenes from its summer recess. On Thursday, the Assembly Appropriations Committee will hear SB 264, legislation that prohibits ...

New Mexico Bans Gun Shows from State Facilities

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

New Mexico Bans Gun Shows from State Facilities

The State of New Mexico will no longer allow gun shows at state-run facilities.  The New Mexico Gun ...

California: Assembly Committee Hearing Gun Show Ban Legislation

Friday, July 9, 2021

California: Assembly Committee Hearing Gun Show Ban Legislation

On July 13th, the Assembly Public Safety Committee is hearing SB 264, legislation that prohibits gun shows from taking place on ...

California: Gun Tax Bill Defeated on Floor, Revived by Procedural Move

Friday, June 4, 2021

California: Gun Tax Bill Defeated on Floor, Revived by Procedural Move

Yesterday, Assembly Bill 1223, the gun tax bill, was defeated on the floor when it did not receive ...

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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.