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  • Gun show background check law to be enforced, Pinellas sheriff says

    05/24/2013 12:34:53 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | May 21, 2013 | Peter Jamison
    CLEARWATER — Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri on Tuesday announced plans to strictly enforce a county law mandating background checks for all customers at gun shows, asserting local control in an area that has stubbornly resisted state and federal regulation. Gualtieri's initiative comes in response to a Tampa Bay Times story last month on the ineffectiveness of local laws closing the so-called gun show loophole. The Times reported that while seven of Florida's most populous counties — including Pinellas and Hillsborough — have ordinances requiring background checks for all sales at gun shows, the laws are largely ignored. According to...
  • Gun Shows Across the Nation Draw Record Crowds, Even After Toomey-Manchin Bill Fails

    04/21/2013 11:12:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | April 21, 2013 | Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
    Gun shows across the nation have experienced record turnout, even as the federal gun control push has hit a major roadblock. April gun shows—both before and after the Senate killed the Toomey-Manchin bill—have seen record crowds, as many fear the debate over the Second Amendment is not yet over. …
  • QUESTIONS CONCERNING GUN SHOWS AND THE NEWS

    04/19/2013 6:37:34 AM PDT · by 7thson · 29 replies
    I have some questions I would like to ask and get a general idea of the thoughts of my fellow Freepers Last night I am watching O’Reilly – please no comments on why. It’s a long story. Anyway, he is talking to Beckel about his unConstitutional law he would like to see the government implement. As a side note, how does he reconcile in his mind when he states the government can’t protect people and then in the next breath wants the government to enact another law to make it more powerful. Anyway, Beckel makes a statement that people living...
  • Gun enthusiasts pack Expo Center for Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show

    04/07/2013 7:36:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | April 7, 2013 | David Harper
    Anyone who has any doubt about how much people love firearms wasn't trying to find a parking spot anywhere near Expo Center on Saturday. Individuals from all over the United States and even some foreign countries were at the fairgrounds to attend the Wanenmacher's Tulsa Arms Show, an event that continues on Sunday with a session from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Show manager Joe Wanenmacher said the semi-annual event usually draws between 35,000 to 40,000 people over the course of a weekend. He said he wouldn't be surprised if attendance reached 50,000 by closing time on Sunday. Wanenmacher said...
  • Breaking (NM): Gun show background check bill falls short on Senate floor

    03/16/2013 11:20:24 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 25 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | 12:02 pm Sat, Mar 16, 2013 POSTED: 12:02 pm | Dan Boyd
    The New Mexico Legislature will not send legislation aimed at curbing gun violence to Gov. Susana Martinez’s desk, after a last-minute effort to approve a bill aimed at closing the state’s “gun show loophole” for background checks was thwarted in the Senate. Repeated attempts to amend the bill by Sen. George Munoz, D-Gallup, led to several Republican senators speaking until the session’s noon adjournment time arrived.
  • Legislator Introduces Bill Banning Kids Under 12 From Attending Gun Shows

    03/14/2013 5:58:44 PM PDT · by rustyweiss74 · 28 replies
    Mental Recession ^ | 03/14/2013
    You’ll shoot your eye out kid! Or at least that’s what one Assemblywoman must believe of children that attend gun shows with their family. Linda Rosenthal (D) has introduced a new bill that would ban children under 12 from attending a gun show in New York state. Via the Times Union (the sarcasm is fantastic): The bill was put forward by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, who hails from that trackless wilderness and sportsmen’s paradise known as Manhattan. “Children should be learning to read and write, not to shoot a firearm,” Rosenthal says in a statement, as if the two skills were...
  • Gun show bill OK’d in House (NM - requires background checks)

    02/14/2013 10:27:31 AM PST · by CedarDave · 14 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 14, 2013 | Deborah Baker
    SANTA FE – The state House has voted to close a gun show loophole that allows private vendors to sell weapons without doing background checks on buyers. The legislation has the support of GOP Gov. Susana Martinez, and eight Republicans joined all but three of the chamber’s Democrats to pass the bill 43-26. It headed to the Senate, where its prospects are uncertain. House Bill 77 would require private sellers at gun shows to have background checks done on prospective buyers before they make a sale. The bill’s backers said it would keep at least some guns out of the...
  • 60,000 Expected To Attend Vegas Gun Show

    01/15/2013 7:33:22 PM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/ ^ | January 15,2013 | CBS Los Vegas
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A weapons industry group based in the Connecticut town where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults last month is opening a Las Vegas Strip trade show Tuesday that’s expected to draw tens of thousands of manufacturers and enthusiasts.
  • America's coming gun war - Pat Buchanan: Most Americans understand the need for arms

    01/08/2013 4:39:08 AM PST · by Perseverando · 61 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Eight days after the massacre of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary, where each child was shot with a Bushmaster .223, The Nation’s Gun Show, the biggest east of the Mississippi, opened. “A line already snaked around the building shortly after the three-day event began at 3 p.m., and the parking lot was jammed” at the Dulles Expo Center in Chantilly, Va., wrote Justin Jouvenal of the Washington Post: “With an AK-47 slung over one shoulder, Marco Hernandez offered one word when asked why he was in the overflow crowd at the gun show.” “Obama,” he said. “I wouldn’t be...
  • Travis County Texas To Discuss Banning Gun Shows

    01/07/2013 5:04:47 AM PST · by grobdriver · 38 replies
    Heard on KLBJ ^ | 1/7/2013 | KLBJ Austin
    Driving in to work today I heard the KLBJ 590 boys discussing the latest in the Left's attack on the Second Amendment. From their web site: Officials to discuss banning gun shows from city and county owned facilities Newsroom 1/7/2013 Officials with Travis county and the city of Austin will discuss whether or not they want to ban weapons shows from city and county owned facilities. Travis county resident Ed Scruggs tells commissioners he thinks he's not against gun shows, but thinks they should not happen in publicly owned facilities following the tragic school shooting in Connecticut, "We have the...
  • Gun sales are on full auto at Roanoke gun show

    01/06/2013 5:22:02 AM PST · by Perseverando · 29 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | January 6, 2013 | Liana Bayne
    Although antique firearms attracted some attention, many people bought modern weapons. When folks visited Jerry Cochran's tables at Saturday's gun show in the Roanoke Civic Center, they were mainly purchasing high-capacity magazines and guns such as the AR-15. Cochran, who runs two Trader Jerry's gun shops in Cedar Bluff and in Salem, said he believed fear was driving many of his customers at Saturday's show, hosted by Blacksburg-based promotion company Showmasters. "It's a fear of the government prohibiting what they want," he said, "which is their right to own guns." Saturday's show filled the civic center with a large variety...
  • Gun enthusiasts pack shows to buy assault weapons

    12/22/2012 4:20:11 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:25pm EST | Dave Warner and Kevin Murphy
    Gun enthusiasts thronged to shows around the country on Saturday to buy assault weapons they fear will soon be outlawed after a massacre of school children in Connecticut prompted calls for tighter controls on firearms. Reuters reporters went to gun shows in Pennsylvania, Missouri and Texas, and found long lines to get in the door, crowds around the dealer booths, a rush to buy assault weapons even at higher prices and some dealers selling out. …
  • Black Friday gun sales highest ever despite system glitch, FBI spokesman says

    11/27/2012 10:05:19 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 25 replies
    TMCNET ^ | 11/27/12
    GRAY, Maine, Nov 27, 2012 (Bangor Daily News - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- So many gun dealers called the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, on Black Friday that the system went down twice and was slowed for those who did get through, Maine gun dealers said Monday. Even with the glitches, a record number of guns were sold on Black Friday all across the country, Stephen G. Fischer Jr., director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division, said Monday. "We had an awful time getting through all day, and sometimes we couldn't get...
  • Dayton gun show arrests are proof that pro-gun rights advocates are right(OH)

    08/20/2011 8:10:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 19 August, 2011 | Gerard Valentino
    Recently, at a gun show in Dayton, Ohio several people were arrested for violating the law by buying a gun when they knew it was illegal for them to do so. As usual, the media tried to hang the arrests on gun show promoters and stirred up discussion about the mythical gun show loophole. From the article: "The gun show loophole is a deadly serious problem — and this undercover operation exposes just how pervasive and serious it is," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said following the 2009 investigation funded by the city. A fact that anti-gun zealots will never...
  • Testing Minnesota's gun show loophole (How easy is it to buy a firearm in the Twin Cities?)

    06/05/2010 5:30:13 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies · 455+ views
    City Pages ^ | 6/3/10 | Matt Snyders
    "If there's an unequivocal opposite to growing up around guns," says Andrew Rothman, "it's being raised by New York Jews." He puts down his glass of water and wipes his dark goatee with a napkin. It would be quite the outlandish statement were he not talking about himself. Thinkstock Nick Vlcek Related Content Michele Bachmann calls Barack Obama anti-American and likens herself to Nostradamus March 25, 2010 Minn. GOP asks Peterson to apologize for calling 25 percent of his constituents crazy July 27, 2009 Keith Olbermann mocks Michele Bachmann on "commandeer" comment June 3, 2010 Michele Bachmann demands gangster president...
  • Tanner Gun Show: Shot Fired One Down

    03/20/2010 1:43:18 PM PDT · by CodeToad · 65 replies · 2,403+ views
    It seems someone picked up s pistol off a vendor's table and shot a friend in the chest. More to follow.
  • Checks on all buyers at gun shows rejected (MN)

    03/10/2010 7:09:52 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 10 replies · 414+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 3/10/10 | MIKE KASZUBA
    A proposal to require background checks on all persons buying firearms at gun shows in Minnesota failed to clear its first hurdle Wednesday before a House committee. The House Crime Victims and Criminal Records panel defeated the proposal 5-3, leaving its future in doubt. But Rep. Michael Paymar, DFL-St. Paul, the bill's author, said he may at some point resurrect the proposal before this year's legislative session ends. "It's not over [at the Legislature] until, you know, the gavel comes down in May," he said.
  • Austin gun show update: Interviews reveal bigger picture (Threatened with closure)

    01/24/2010 1:56:15 PM PST · by Flavius · 8 replies · 1,045+ views
    examiner ^ | 1/20/10 | Howard Nemerov
    Rumors have been swirling that Austin, Texas gun shows were threatened with closure unless they accepted a local rule limiting gun sales to licensed dealers only. The Texas Gun Show home page contains this announcement:
  • Legislation Introduced to Attack Gun Shows in Washington

    01/15/2010 2:43:25 PM PST · by VR-21 · 8 replies · 379+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | 14 Jan 2010
    State Representatives Brendan Williams (D-22) and Maralyn Chase (D-32) have introduced House Bill 2477, a bill that seeks to abolish the private transfer of firearms, even between family and friends, at gun shows. Simply put, HB2477 would hold law-abiding gun owners liable for the acts of criminals. Under this bill, if a firearm is privately transferred at a gun show to a person who is ineligible, the seller can be held liable for injury or death caused by the criminal use of that firearm. Please contact both of your State Representatives and your State Senator TODAY at 800-562-6000 and politely...
  • Private Gun Sales – No Questions Asked No Sale – Protecting Gun Shows

    12/19/2009 5:18:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies · 1,503+ views
    ammoland.com ^ | 18 December, 2009 | Jeff Knox
    Manassas, VA, - -(AmmoLand.com)- Anyone who does not hold an FFL and sells a firearm to someone he doesn’t know well is incurring a certain amount of liability. And, a bit of bad judgment could cause trouble not just for the seller, but for the rest of the gun owning community as well. There is no question that individuals have the right to buy, sell, and trade firearms between themselves without government infringement. But there are laws on the books and failing to know and follow them is just asking for trouble. A prudent trader will take into account not...
  • New York City sponsored "Undercover Gun Show Investigation:

    11/22/2009 3:05:18 PM PST · by Blue_Ridge_Mtn_Geek · 16 replies · 860+ views
    The Investigation The vast majority of people who either visit or sell guns at gun shows are law-abiding citizens and dealers. However, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms , and Explosives (ATF) reports that 30 percent of guns involved in federal illegal gun trafficking investigations are connected to gun shows. This multi-state undercover investigation exposed how easy it is for criminals to buy guns at gun shows. The City of New York investigated 7 gun shows in 3 states involving buys from 47 gun sellers using hidden cameras. The investigation videos showed that 35 out of 47 sellers approached by...
  • The Bloomberg Media Follies

    11/19/2009 4:23:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 341+ views
    Buckey Firearms Association ^ | 18 November, 2009 | Tim Inwood
    Recently in the Cincinnatus Standard I wrote about "teachable moments with the media." Sadly the lesson must continue as we talk about how the media looks at issues with bias and distortion. One must conclude they are quite lazy, as they don't do their homework and seem quite willing to accept anything spoon-fed to them that fits their liberal mental template without critical thought. In the process they miss the facts, pass on the fabricated material, and thus do the public a great general disservice. October was a hot month of media activity and there is much I can comment...
  • Another blow to gun owners

    10/27/2009 8:39:00 AM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 8 replies · 827+ views
    Times Argus ^ | October 19, 2009 | Peter Magoon
    A recent article on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's sting operation to expose the "gun show loophole" read like an editorial promoting gun control. In actuality, the sting exposed nothing. Under federal law, a private seller is under no more obligation to consider a buyer's eligibility to pass a background check when making a sale at a gun show than he is in his living room or anywhere else. Neither are beauty supply houses that sell hydrogen peroxide under an obligation to ask if the buyer is going to bleach hair or make a bomb. A gun show is a...
  • Targeting Gun Shows

    10/19/2009 8:45:34 AM PDT · by Still Thinking · 26 replies · 1,332+ views
    LA Times Editorial ^ | October 16, 2009
    For shock value, they may not rank with the videos released last month showing ACORN workers giving tax advice to a couple of undercover investigators posing as a prostitute and her pimp. But New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's covert recordings of what really goes on at gun shows are appalling nonetheless.Gun shows are thought to be a key supplier of guns used in crimes, though how big a role they play is the subject of heated debate. To understand why they're considered a problem, one first has to understand the contorted nature of federal gun laws. New-gun retailers are...
  • Man injured when rifle fires during Salem (VA) gun show

    07/20/2009 12:41:21 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies · 1,300+ views
    The Roanoke Times ^ | Sunday, July 19, 2009 | Mason Adams
    A man was wounded when an antique rifle he was holding discharged during a gun show in Salem on Saturday, according to city officials. The man, a friend of a dealer at the show, suffered superficial wounds to his face "apparently from concrete fragments that were sprayed upon impact when the rifle went off" in a confined area, Salem spokesman Mike Stevens said. Salem police described the gun as "an antique military-style rifle," Stevens said. The man was taken to Lewis-Gale Medical Center, where he was treated for his injury and released. His name has not been released, and Salem...
  • H.R. 2324--Aiming At Registering Gun Owners And Putting Gun Shows Out Of Business

    05/09/2009 12:17:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 37 replies · 3,552+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | May 08, 2009 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   H.R. 2324--Aiming At Registering Gun Owners And Putting Gun Shows Out Of Business   Friday, May 08, 2009   On May 6, at a press conference with Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, U.S. Representatives Michael Castle (R-Del.) and Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) introduced H.R. 2324--the "Gun Show Loophole Closing Act."  Masquerading as reform, H.R. 2324 would impose severe bureaucratic restrictions aimed at shutting down gun shows. The bill is essentially a re-introduction of the failed H.R. 96, introduced in the 110th Congress.  Despite changes from the Lautenberg juvenile justice amendment of...
  • Gun Show Owner Responds to Illegal Gun Sale Accusations

    05/03/2009 8:48:12 AM PDT · by InABunkerUnderSF · 18 replies · 1,760+ views
    KCBS AM ^ | 05/02/09 | cfu
    DALY CITY, Calif. (KCBS) -- The owner of the Crossroads of the West Gun Show is firing back at accusations that guns are being sold illegally at his show and infiltrating neighborhoods. State Senator Mark Leno has been pushing for new legislation that would ban gun shows at the Cow Palace. In 2008, the former assemblyman tried to rally support for a similar bill but was defeated. Bob Templeton, owner of the gun show, says a formal investigation by Daly City police found that none of the weapons sold at the show were making their way onto the streets. At...
  • Digg: Lautenberg Gun Show Bill as Bad as Expected

    04/26/2009 12:05:58 PM PDT · by Tanniker Smith · 6 replies · 759+ views
    There's a Lautenberg/gun bill thread at digg.com. It seems that there are more pro-gun people on it that anti-gun nuts. That doesn't happen often over there. FReepers should digg it up. http://digg.com/politics/UPDATE_Lautenberg_gun_show_bill_as_bad_as_expected
  • Fair closes on lack of ammo

    04/26/2009 9:34:39 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 85 replies · 3,269+ views
    Daily Bulletin ^ | 4/24/2009 | Jim Matthews, Outdoor Writer
    The Raahauge's Shooting Sports Fair, a hands-on gun show where you can shoot all the latest firearms on the market, has been cancelled for 2009. The Sports Fair is normally held the first weekend in June each year at Mike Raahauge Shooting Enterprises in Corona. Mike Raahauge said the fair was cancelled because it had become impossible for all the firearm makers to get enough ammunition for this event. "I just spoke with all of the manufacturers and none of them can get ammo," said Raahauge late last week. "We could hold the fair, but we'd probably be out of...
  • Bloomberg invades Virginia

    04/15/2009 8:41:12 PM PDT · by JohnRLott · 7 replies · 745+ views
    Washington Times ^ | April 16, 2009 | Editorial
    An ad campaign is being launched today to try to force New York City's gun-control laws on Virginians. The ads running in the commonwealth are funded by New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The mayor should keep his big-government politics north of the Mason-Dixon Line where they belong. Mr. Bloomberg donated $500,000 last year to a gun-control lobbying outfit called Americans United for Safe Streets, which is running the campaign. The mayor's largesse accounts for 99.5 percent of all money raised by the group. The ads are pegged to the second anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings and link...
  • Politicians gun-shy on 'loophole' law [except for McCain and Lieberman]

    03/26/2009 11:30:56 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 31 replies · 1,196+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-03-26 | E.J. Montini
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  • 'Gun-show loophole' bill passes Va. Senate panel

    01/26/2009 2:07:20 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 18 replies · 772+ views
    dailypress ^ | 1/26/2009 | DENA POTTER
    RICHMOND, Va. - A bill requiring private sellers at gun shows to perform background checks on buyers passed out of a Senate committee Monday, but there remains little chance it could become law. The Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 8-7 for legislation to close the so-called gun-show loophole, where private sellers at the shows are not required to perform the federal checks required of licensed gun dealers. The legislation is introduced annually, but it has only cleared the committee a couple times in the past. It has never passed in the full Senate. Even if it does, the measure...
  • Big Crowd Expected at Sandy Gun Show: Promoter says Election has boosted demand for Guns

    11/22/2008 6:57:45 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies · 2,448+ views
    The Deseret News ^ | November 22, 2008 | Jasen Lee
    The election of the nation's first democratic president in eight years and the country's economic turmoil is prompting more people to take up arms, according to local gun rights supporters. The promoter of the West's largest gun and ammunition expo said that attendance at some shows across the nation has increased by 50 percent to 100 percent. He expected attendance of about 12,000 for this weekend's show at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, compared to a typical crowd of around 9,000. The show will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. "Sales at shows, particularly in the area...
  • Kaine wants gun show sales to require background checks

    11/29/2007 1:31:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies · 108+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | November 28, 2007 | WARREN FISKE
    RICHMOND Gov. Timothy M. Kaine called Tuesday for new restrictions on firearm sales at gun shows but stopped short of declaring passage of the legislation as a high priority for the 2008 General Assembly session. Under current law, background checks on buyers are not required by unlicensed dealers who privately sell and trade firearms at the shows. Kaine endorsed closing the loophole, saying it provides an opening for felons and mentally ill people to buy weapons they are otherwise forbidden to purchase. "You either want felons to have guns or you don't," Kaine said on a morning radio show. "You...
  • Thompson calls gun show 'paradise'

    11/25/2007 6:48:48 AM PST · by Leisler · 33 replies · 77+ views
    CNN ^ | November 24, 2007 | CNN staff( infection )
    LADSON, S.C. (AP) — White House hopeful Fred Thompson called his trip down aisle of rifles, shotguns and pistols at a gun show "a day in paradise," and said he wished he could come back to spend more time and money. It was the former Tennessee senator and "Law and Order" actor's second trip to a gun show since launching his late bid for the GOP nomination in September. He reached out and picked up an old M-1 Garand rifle and raised an over-and-under Winchester shotgun suitable for the skeet shooting he's been known to do as he made his...
  • Thompson aiming at Romney, Giuliani with trip to S.C. gun show

    11/22/2007 11:54:39 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies · 217+ views
    The Tuscaloosa News ^ | November 22, 2007 | Jim Davenport
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - When Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson walks down the aisles of a gun show Saturday in Charleston, the game he's hunting won't be hard to spot. The former senator and actor is looking to differentiate himself from rivals Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney - and use his appeal as a "country boy from Tennessee" who knows NASCAR and hunting to portray the city slickers as out of step with this early voting state's residents. There is little doubt gun rights are a tough issue for the front of the GOP pack. Former New York Mayor Giuliani has...
  • Join the GUN SHOW PROTECTION UNION

    12/05/2001 8:31:27 AM PST · by Rockinfreakapotamus · 39 replies · 1,246+ views
    The Shotgun News | Volume 55 - Issue 33 (page 219) | Ron Dickson
    20,000,000 (20 Million) people attend gun shows every year. 400,000 people attend every weekend! That's a Super Bowl and a World Series every weekend! And, you want to close us down? I wonder why? The GUN SHOW LOOPHOLE is called the CONSTITUTION! We citizens of these United States have had the RIGHT to sell our own private property without the pre-approval of the United States Government for 225 years. Why now are they trying to take this right away from us? WE NEED YOUR HELP!!! We are organizing the GUN SHOW PROTECTION UNION to protect our constitutional rights to gather ...
  • Fred Thompson to be Awarded Exclusive Access to Florida Gun Shows

    09/15/2007 9:38:32 AM PDT · by blogsforthompson.com · 83 replies · 986+ views
    Blogs For Fred Thompson ^ | September 15, 2007 | brkcmo
    Here is huge news for Fred Thompson: He will be given exclusive rights to advertise at Florida gun shows, eleven of them, between now and the January 29, 2008 Florida primary! Here's the news from the Miami Herald: "Fred Thompson's presidential campaign has hit a conservative bull's eye: The exclusive rights to advertise at some of Florida's largest gun shows. Pasco County Republican chairman Bill Bunting said he has engineered the deal for the former Tennessee senator and Law & Order star because he's the best person to trust when it comes to the right to buy, sell and own...
  • Mexican Officers Arrested at Arizona Gun Show

    09/15/2007 8:43:06 AM PDT · by granite · 36 replies · 1,861+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Sep 12, 3:03 PM ET | By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press Writer
    Phoenix, AZ - Three high-ranking Mexican police officers were arrested on allegations of buying weapons and ammunition at a gun show in Phoenix in violation of a law barring noncitizens from purchasing firearms, a U.S. official said Wednesday. The three had crossed the border at Calexico, Calif., in an official police vehicle and driven to Phoenix, said Tom Mangan, a spokesman with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Police and federal agents arrested them after the three bought three guns and about 450 rounds of ammunition Saturday at the gun show, Mangan said. It appeared the officers were...
  • Thompson Delights Pro-Gun Backers

    09/15/2007 3:04:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 810+ views
    The Tampa Tribune ^ | September 15, 2007 | William March
    NEW PORT RICHEY - Fred Thompson got a strong endorsement from gun control opponent Bill Bunting, who's also chairman of the Pasco County Republican Party, during a campaign stop Friday. Thompson spoke at the county party's Reagan Day fundraising dinner to a packed room at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. Thompson, just starting out as an announced candidate in the GOP primary, appears likely to find strong support in Pasco County, some local GOP leaders said. Attorney General Bill McCollum, the Florida chairman for Thompson's competitor, Rudy Giuliani, was planned to be keynote speaker at the dinner for months,...
  • COP DIES IN GUN-SHOW TRAGEDY (shot in head with Gatling Gun)

    09/14/2007 7:02:35 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 85 replies · 2,739+ views
    New York Post ^ | 9/14/07
    September 14, 2007 -- ALTOONA, Pa. - An off-duty auxiliary cop who helped train fellow officers was accidentally shot and killed at a gun-club demonstration, police said yesterday. A military-style Gatling gun mounted on the back of a Hummer discharged Wednesday night, shooting Michael Kurty, 36, of Hollidaysburg, once in the head. "We don't know if it malfunctioned or if he was trying to clear it, but it appears to be an accidental shooting," state Trooper Jeff Petucci said.
  • Thompson gets (exclusive) access to Fla. gun shows

    09/14/2007 7:18:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 102 replies · 1,456+ views
    The Miami Herald ^ | September 14, 2007 | Marc Caputo
    CELEBRATION -- Fred Thompson's presidential campaign has hit a conservative bull's eye: The exclusive rights to advertise at some of Florida's largest gun shows. Pasco County Republican chairman Bill Bunting said he has engineered the deal for the former Tennessee senator and Law & Order star because he's the best person to trust when it comes to the right to buy, sell and own guns. In a state with 435,000 concealed-weapons permit holders, the arrangement all but guarantees that thousands of voters who care deeply about the issue could identify Thompson as their man heading into the Jan. 29 primary,...
  • CA: SAN FRANCISCO Mayor, D.A. ask for halt of gun shows (at the Cow Palace)

    08/11/2007 12:28:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 837+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 8/11/07 | Wyatt Buchanan
    Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney Kamala Harris have sent a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger asking him to halt gun shows at the Cow Palace. The Crossroads of the West Gun Show happening there this weekend. The letter follows a Thursday announcement by Assemblyman Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, that he would introduce legislation to ban gun shows at the arena. The officials say that the shows attract people who sell guns illegally and that those guns are being used in crimes in the city. They have no evidence to support those claims, however.
  • Judge upholds Alameda County ban on fairground guns

    04/18/2007 12:44:22 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 786+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/18/7 | Bob Egelko
    PLEASANTON -- A federal judge has upheld Alameda County's ban on possessing guns on county property, rejecting a free-speech claim by former promoters of gun shows at the fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Martin Jenkins of San Francisco was dated March 31 but was not received by lawyers until Tuesday, as the nationwide debate over gun control was being rekindled by Monday's slaughter of 32 people by a gunman at Virginia Tech University. Donald Kilmer, lawyer for the gun show operators who challenged the ordinance when it was enacted in 1999, said they hadn't decided yet...
  • The many positive aspects of gun shows

    04/03/2006 5:39:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 737+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Apr. 01, 2006 | Jim Supica
    Special to The Star As I See It A March 26 article in The Star presented an unfortunately limited perspective on gun shows — a great, fun and important American tradition. There are some bad apples in any group, but from 30 years of attending gun shows on a regular basis I can assure you that the vast majority of table holders and attendees are as fine a group of law-abiding and patriotic Americans as you’d want to find. Current and former military and law enforcement personnel tend to be disproportionately represented. A commitment to safe, responsible and legal firearms...
  • Gun shows caught amid heated crossfire

    03/26/2006 4:56:25 AM PST · by jmq · 114 replies · 3,872+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | Sun, Mar. 26, 2006 | JUDY L. THOMAS
    Each weekend in America, vast arsenals of weapons are bought and sold. Critics say those buyers include criminals. Advocates insist it’s all legal. Assault rifles were displayed for sale at a gun show March 12 at the 3 Trails Expo Center in Kansas City. While legal, such shows worry law enforcement officials. AK-47s. SKS sniper rifles. Armor-piercing bullets. Machine gun displays. It’s just another weekend at a Kansas City gun show, where there is so much firepower at your fingertips that even some gun enthusiasts shake their heads in wonder. But the shows — which gained popularity in the 1990s...
  • Scrutiny of city gun show criticized (VA)

    02/17/2006 11:10:23 AM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 563+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | February 16, 2006 | SEAN MUSSENDEN
    U.S. agents, police rattled customers, organizer tells panel WASHINGTON -- A crackdown on illegal firearm sales at Richmond-area gun shows led to a congressional inquiry yesterday into whether federal agents trampled the rights of gun buyers. The organizer of an August gun show at Richmond Raceway Complex told a House panel that a large team of federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and city, state and county police patrolled the two-day show, harassing law-abiding gun buyers while looking for illicit gun sales. Annette Gelles of Showmasters, the organizer, told the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime...
  • New law complicates suit over shooting [Gun Lawsuit]

    11/13/2005 3:28:12 PM PST · by twas · 24 replies · 622+ views
    The Buffalo News ^ | 11/13/2005 | DAN HERBECK
    More than two years ago, teenager Daniel Williams survived a drive-by shooting near his Girard Place home. Now, his attorneys are hoping that his lawsuit survives a new law that insulates gun makers and sellers from many legal actions. Attorneys for Williams on Oct. 17 filed an amended version of a lawsuit that blames an Ohio gun manufacturer, an Ohio gun dealer, a gun show operator and others for the shooting that severely wounded Williams as he played basketball on his street in August 2003.The Hi-Point handgun used to shoot the high school basketball star was one of about 250...
  • VA-ALERT: BATFE sinks to a new low in Richmond

    08/17/2005 10:57:12 PM PDT · by SWO · 132 replies · 3,265+ views
    Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. ^ | Thu 8/18/2005 12:21 AM | Philip Van Cleave,VCDL President
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE), who seem to go out of their way to alienate gun owners with their heavy-handedness, behaved in a shameful manner this last weekend at the Showmasters' gun show in Richmond. I had reports from members of police going to their houses while the member was waiting for their approval to purchase a gun at the show! The police asked the spouse and other family members questions about the purchases and filled in a survey! "Did you know your husband was going to a gun show today?" "Did you know your husband...
  • Va. Senate blocks effort to mandate gun-show checks

    01/27/2005 2:33:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 10 replies · 476+ views
    THE RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH ^ | January 27, 2005 | JEFF E. SCHAPIRO
    Backers of failed bill say state's resistance is known nationwide The Virginia Senate yesterday blocked renewed efforts to close a loophole in gun-control laws that allows people to buy weapons while avoiding on-the-spot criminal-background checks. "I beg you," said Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan, urging lawmakers to require the instant checks for all firearms purchases. Watkins, whose district includes part of Richmond, a city vexed by a stubbornly high homicide rate, opposed the measure in previous years. To prevent firearms from falling into the hands of criminals, Virginia has required for more than a decade that licensed dealers perform instant background...