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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
Rep. Carolyn Maloney Flies Anti-gun Flag in U.S. House

Friday, May 29, 2015

Rep. Carolyn Maloney Flies Anti-gun Flag in U.S. House

Reliably anti-gun Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has introduced two new rights-restricting bills in the U.S. House of Representatives. May ...

The Santa Fe New Mexican  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

New Mexico: Bill criminalizing private transfers dies

A bill to require background checks on buyers at gun shows died a fast death Saturday night.Members of ...

Mission Creep: DEA Contemplated Mass Surveillance of Gun Show Attendees


Friday, January 30, 2015

Mission Creep: DEA Contemplated Mass Surveillance of Gun Show Attendees

Recent revelations about a proposed federal law enforcement program might have some friends and families drawing lots to ...

The Wall Street Journal  

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Federal Agency Weighed Spying on Cars at Gun Shows

A federal agent proposed using license-plate readers to scan vehicles around gun shows in order to aid gun-trafficking ...

The Richmond Times-Dispatch  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Virginia: Senate panel defeats gun control measures

If you’re an opponent of gun control, Monday’s Senate Courts of Justice Committee hearing made your day.A host ...

The Tri-City Herald  

Monday, January 5, 2015

Washington: Gun shows, police looking for answers for new background check law

Initiative 594 has been in place since Dec. 4, but those who have to deal with the law ...


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New Hampshire: House voting on restricting private transfers

The House is considering legislation to expand New Hampshire's background checks for gun sales and transfers to include ...


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Florida: Leon County wants dealers to help implement gun control

The Leon County Commission is trying to pressure gun dealers into helping to implement a proposed gun control ...


Friday, October 25, 2013

Michael Bloomberg's Super PAC is attacking Ken Cuccinelli on guns with misleading images

A Washington Post fact checker issues a rating of three Pinocchios to Bloomberg's ad attacking Cucinnelli for not ...


Friday, October 25, 2013

Bloomberg Sticks His Nose into Virginia Politics and Earns Three Pinocchios

Apparently, having billions of dollars in disposal income and being the mayor of America's most populous city (and ...

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