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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

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Texas: Urge Travis County Commissioners to Oppose Ban on Gun Shows in Taxpayer-Owned Facilities

Travis County Commissioners, at the urging of their counterparts on the Austin City Council, are considering a proposal ...

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

California: Glendale City Council to Consider a Proposed Ordinance to Ban Gun Shows

In 2006, then-Mayor Rafi Manoukian unsuccessfully tried to ban gun shows in Glendale. Now Councilman Rafi Manoukian is ...

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Attention Mississippi Permit Holders - Recent Attorney General Opinion Could Affect How You Carry Your Firearm for Protection

Attorney General Jim Hood (D) recently issued an opinion stating that Section 45-9-101 of the Mississippi Code – ...


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Washington Post calls for more gun control laws, including a new semi-auto firearms ban, blames U.S. gun laws for Mexico violence and makes excuses for Eric Holder

Yet Fast and Furious was a well-intentioned, misguided response to — and not the cause of — the ...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Virginia: Busy Day in Richmond as Action Taken on Numerous Firearm-Related Bills in the General Assembly

Today, both the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates remained busy dealing with a large volume of firearms-related ...


Monday, January 30, 2012

Tennessee: Record check an ineffective nuisance

Tennessee is one of the large majority of states -- 34 out of 50 -- that doesn't require ...


Monday, June 28, 2010

Will Gun Shows Become Extinct?

Gun shows are again under attack. And this time, the attackers have a nearly limitless war chest with ...


Monday, June 28, 2010

Will Gun Shows Become Extinct?

Gun shows are again under attack. And this time, the attackers have a nearly limitless war chest with ...


Monday, April 26, 2010

Michael Bloomberg’s and MAIG’s Deceptive “Gun Show Loophole” Ad Campaign

During April 2010, television ads paid for by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group, ...


Thursday, January 21, 2010

The War On Gun Shows

The War on Gun Shows Mayor Bloomberg`s new "study" promotes anti-gunners` real goals: reducing gun sales and registering ...

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