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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


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lott: The truth on background checks

Gun control "deserves a vote," President Obama said time and again in his State of the Union speech ...


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lott: Obama's proposals won't reduce gun violence

Warning that we need to "get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets," in his ...


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New Mexico: Lawmakers consider mandatory background checks at gun shows

A criminal background check will be required for more people buying firearms at gun shows under legislation before ...


Friday, February 8, 2013

House Democrats to unveil gun control package; mirrors Obama's

Top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a broad proposal on Thursday to curb gun violence ...


Monday, February 4, 2013

Vermont: Lawmakers pushing restrictions

A group of Vermont lawmakers is pushing legislation that would ban large capacity ammunition feeding devices on guns ...

The Washington Times  

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The gun-show loophole myth

The gun grabbers' real goal has always been universal registration, and tracking every gun owner in the country ...

The Philadelphia Inquirer  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Faced with a boycott, promoters cancel show

Faced with a boycott by gun enthusiasts and fierce criticism from the National Rifle Association, a British exhibition ...

The Associated Press  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Virginia: Bill to eliminate traditional gun shows

Under current law, only licensed firearms dealers have to conduct criminal background checks on buyers at gun shows. ...

The Tampa Bay Times  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Florida: Pasco officials move to restrict private sales

A divided Pasco County Commission voted Tuesday to move forward with a proposal to require a three day ...


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Private Sales Restrictions and Gun Registration

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which became operational in 1998, verifies that a person seeking ...

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