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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: CRPA and NRA Victory!  Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Del Mar’s Attempt to Ban Gun Shows

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

California: CRPA and NRA Victory! Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Del Mar’s Attempt to Ban Gun Shows

On Monday, June 17, the California Rifle and Pistol Association attorneys with the support of NRA and others, ...

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 ...

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 ...

San Francisco Examiner  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

California: Gun control activists call for end to gun shows at Cow Palace

Prior attempts to shut down the guns shows locally have been largely unsuccessful, including 2013 legislation that would ...

San Diego Union Tribune  

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Push to ban gun shows has long, tangled history in California

When a Bay Area county decided to pass a law that effectively banned gun shows from its fairgrounds, ...

San Francisco Chronicle  

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

California: Gun show ban will not reduce gun violence

California laws regulating gun shows are the strictest in the nation. The proposed closure of the gun show ...

Free Beacon.com  

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

WaPo Gives Sanders Four Pinocchios for False ‘Gun Show Loophole’ Claim

The Washington Post‘s fact-checker gave Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) four Pinocchios, its worst rating, for inaccurate claims he ...

The Eagle  

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Gun shows banned on Westchester County-owned property

New York's Westchester County executive has signed legislation banning gun shows on county-owned property.

Associated Press  

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New York: Westchester County executive bans guns shows on public property

Westchester County Executive George Latimer has signed an executive order banning gun shows on county-owned property.The action by ...

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