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OPB.ORG – As Fred Nelson shuffled through a crowded convention center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a man tapped him on the shoulder to ask about a gun. The man knew Nelson was selling thanks to the handwritten menu taped on Nelson’s backpack advertising more than a dozen handguns, rifles and shotguns. He offered $300 for a Glock 19 pistol listed at $350. “Meet me in the middle at $325,” Nelson responded. “It’s never been fired. You can look down the barrel.” “I can do $300 cash, that’s all I can do,” the buyer responded, before pausing. “I haven’t even looked at it yet.” Nelson eventually relented and turned over the gun for $300. Another man approached moments later, offering $300 for a semi-automatic rifle. Nelson pocketed another wad of cash.  [full article]

Return of Del Mar Gun Show Sparks Debate

10NEWS.COM – A controversial gun show is set to return to Del Mar in March, after the board that overseas the Del Mar Fairgrounds approved the return of the Crossroads of the West Gun Show. The Crossroads of the West website has a new post on their front page that reads, “Breaking News! DEL MAR GUN SHOW RETURNS MARCH 14TH – 15TH”

“A Federal Court Judge ruled that the Crossroads of the West Gun Show must be permitted to continue until the court issues a final ruling on the Constitutional issues being raised by Crossroads, California Rifle and Pistol Association, NRA, Second Amendment Foundation and several other plaintiffs. Crossroads of the West President Tracy Olcott announced that the Del Mar Gun Show will resume on March 14-15 with another show to follow May 16-17.”

While the vote was a big win for gun show advocates, some community members are expressing their disapproval. Rose Anne Sharp, founder of NeverAgainCA spoke to 10News Sunday. Sharp says the gun show is a crisis. “This is the most serious crisis we have faced with the gun show,” Sharp said. “At the last gun show that we attended with our mystery shopper, we observed more than 80% of the sale items were ghost guns.”  [full article]

The Gun Show Controversy

It seems as if the early part of each year is prime time for gun shows, those exhibitions of firearms, knives and assorted other gear that draws us all in to what some have called extravaganzas while others call them ice cream stores. And, yes, still others call them weapons of war and merchants of violence. We won’t bother to explain. If you’re reading this, you already know the issues, and the answers. Gun shows are no different than electronics shows, car shows, furniture shows, home shows…pick a product line and every industry has some kind of showcase to draw the interest of consumers.

Between the slow drag of winter and the impatient waiting for spring and, while hunting snowshoe rabbits or plinking early awakened prairie dogs, there’s not a lot of fun things to do. Unless you live in desert country. There is one other option; for this week anyway. It’s the wishful thinking and sometimes buying at the many gun shows that help shape the country during the first few months of each year. Gun shows are by their nature controversial. The anti-gun groups and the pro-gun folks renew their efforts to influence political lawmakers about guns and gun shows are often the catalyst for those arguments. As a result, there is considerable disinformation that abounds out there and you need to know that we cannot respond nor editorially correct such information here mostly due to dated information.

Thus, what you’ll find below on these pages is a look at gun shows in their consumer versions followed by a glimpse at the gun industry’s annual SHOT Show Day at the Range where gun scribes gather to see and shoot all the new stuff before that stuff gets exposure to the end user. Our entry stories above will give you a taste of the issues while the videos to follow will make you glad you stopped by to see another edition of…


Guns For Sale – Inside an American Gun Show – BBC News, 2:48 min.

Americans guardedly hold the Second Amendment to their chests as the only country in the world that constitutionally guarantees gun rights.

Welcome to the gun show; 4 years ago, 2:29 min.

Sights and sounds from the recent Wichita gun show at the Kansas Coliseum. Gun show attendance is up in recent years, says show promoter Dennis Pearson, thanks in part to political fears and terror threats.

Crossroads Gun Show returns to Del Mar, 2:10 min.

The Crossroads of the West Gun Show was scheduled to return to Del Mar last weekend after a nine-month hiatus, but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Nation’s Gun Show happening in Virginia, 2:04 min.

The nation’s gun show is taking place in Chantilly, Virginia — just a few days after Gov. Northam announced he would be holding a special session to look into tightening Virginia’s gun laws.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – at the gun show, 2:12 min.

Dee and Dennis at a gun show trying to get a weapon without a license.

Westchester Gun Show Returns Amid Controversy, 1:23 min.

Four years ago and this New York state gun show is till controversial.

Industry Day @ The Range! | SHOT Show 2020, 16:20 min.

A quick look at the combined Industry/Gun Media Day at the SHOT Show Range.

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VA – March 9, 2020 – Stafford student arrested after bringing a loaded gun to high school

A 14-year-old student at Mountain View High School in Stafford County was taken into custody Monday after deputies found a loaded handgun in his gym locker, police said. His locker was searched about 11:20 a.m. and a loaded .40-caliber Taurus handgun was recovered. [full article]

DE – March 4, 2020 – Handgun slips out of student’s backpack at Concord High School

A 17-year-old Wilmington boy was charged after bringing a handgun to Concord High School in Brandywine Hundred on Wednesday morning. The boy was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a prohibited juvenile, possession of a weapon in a safe school zone and tampering with physical evidence. He was arraigned in Family Court and committed to a juvenile facility on $20,000 secured bail.  [full article]

VA – February 24, 2020 – Student arrested for bringing gun to school

A Central High School student was arrested for bringing a gun to school, King & Queen County Public Schools Superintendent Carol Carter wrote in an email to parents on Monday. A School Resource Officer searched the student, and took possession of a handgun. The student was arrested and taken into custody. ”  [full article]

AR – February 20, 2020 – 2 middle school students arrested after bringing guns to school

Two students at middle schools in Pulaski County brought firearms to school this week, authorities said. A Mabelvale Middle School student was arrested and charged Thursday with possessing a handgun on school property, Little Rock police said.  [full article]

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