Do you think gun shows should be banned from public buildings?
Due to recent shootings and concern over assault rifles, an annual gun show has been discontinued in a nearby city. It will result in the loss of considerable revenue which has traditionally gone toward local city operating funds.
I consider myself pro gun but I will not protest a city that has banned gun shows. That is their issue and if the public approves it, so be it.
Btw, assault rifles cannot be bought and sold at the gun show. In order to legally own an assault rifle (and other dangerous weapons under Title 2 under the National Firearms Act) you need to have a special permit issued by the ATF. Your AR 15 and other rifles sold in gun shops are not assault rifles because they only fire in semi automatic mode.
Hello Alberic, Thank you for the clarifications here. I have never been to a gun show. The public didn't have a say. The ban was proposed by a councilman and decided by city council. The vote was nearly tied.
Ah, thanks for clarifying. My answer still stands. It is a commerce issue and if the city government want to do it so be it. However, they better not go around begging the state and federal governments for more funds.
Until they close all the ridiculous loopholes that allow just about anyone to walk into one of those shows and buy guns, then yes, I'd support the ban on them. I don't care if people own guns who are responsible, but our current system, particularly when it comes to the ease of purchase at gun shows, is ridiculous.
Christin doesn't know that all sellers of all guns at a gun show must abide by all local, state and federal laws concerning the selling of guns... and all buyers of all guns at a gun show must do the same exact thing. But she comments anyway.
If you are a dealer you must have a Federal Firearms Licence (FFL) and you must conduct a background check on the buyer. For private transactions between individuals (non dealers), an FFL and background check is not mandatory per federal law.
33 states do not restrict private, intrastate sales of firearms at gun shows in any manner.
States have to at least abide by federal law regarding firearms. The problem is individuals with no FFL are selling weapons, not dealer who have FFLs. Dealers w/ FFLs who sell illegally risk jail time (in any state). For individuals, not much.
No, people talk about gun control to keep guns out of hands of criminals. Well the key word is "criminal". making a law saying that certain guns can't be owned and certain types of people can't own them wont mean the criminals won't get them if they want them. After all, their criminals because they are willing to break the law in the first place.
To control gun crimes, arm the rest of the population. I'm not kidding, if you look at Chicago, one of the cities with the strictest gun control laws, they have hundreds of gun crimes per year. Now look at say Anchorage, Alaska, they have almost no gun control laws, and almost no gun crimes. Criminals aren't going to go into a store to rob it if there's a chance the attendant or even one of the customers might be carrying concealed. They will also be hesitant about breaking into a home if they think the owner might be there for fear of being shot.
Virginia Tech did this after their shooting years ago, they changed their bylaws to allow all students on campus to carry as long as they had a proper permit. Now even if a gunman opens up, he'll likely be taken out before someone can call 911, an act that could prevent another massacre.
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