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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.

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California:  Gun Shop Closure Reversed in Los Angeles County!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

California: Gun Shop Closure Reversed in Los Angeles County!

After being sued by NRA and other gun-rights groups for unlawfully shuttering California gun stores, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex ...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Florida: DOJ Study Shows That a "Gun-Show Loophole" Doesn't Exist

It has now been over a year since the DOJ issued a press release and the Report on ...

California: Senate Passes Gun Show Ban Legislation

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

California: Senate Passes Gun Show Ban Legislation

Yesterday, the California Senate passed Senate Bill 281 by a vote of 27 - 11. SB 281 has now been transmitted to ...

California: Gun Show Ban Legislation Eligible for a Vote in the Senate

Sunday, January 26, 2020

California: Gun Show Ban Legislation Eligible for a Vote in the Senate

Senate Bill 281 is eligible for third reading and a floor vote in the Senate.  SB 281, sponsored by Senator ...

California Special Alert: Anti-Gun Show Forces Suffer Second Defeat, This Time in Ventura

Friday, June 28, 2019

California Special Alert: Anti-Gun Show Forces Suffer Second Defeat, This Time in Ventura

As reported last week, federal district court judge Cathy Bencivengo dealt a severe blow to anti-gun forces by issuing an ...

California: CRPA and NRA Victory!  Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Del Mar’s Attempt to Ban Gun Shows

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

California: CRPA and NRA Victory! Federal Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Against Del Mar’s Attempt to Ban Gun Shows

On Monday, June 17, the California Rifle and Pistol Association attorneys with the support of NRA and others, ...

New Hampshire: Senate Committee to Hear Private Transfer Ban

Sunday, April 28, 2019

New Hampshire: Senate Committee to Hear Private Transfer Ban

On April 30th, the New Hampshire state Senate Judiciary Committee will hear House Bill 109 to criminalize the ...

California: City of Simi Valley to Consider The Future of Gun Shows at the Monday, April 8 Meeting

Sunday, April 7, 2019

California: City of Simi Valley to Consider The Future of Gun Shows at the Monday, April 8 Meeting

The City of Simi Valley plans to have discussions on possible action regarding the Ventura County Board of Supervisors request ...

California: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move Forward

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

California: Anti-Gun Bills Continue to Move Forward

This week, the Assembly and Senate Public Safety Committee and Assembly Appropriations Committee all heard several firearm-related bills. ...

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.