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SteveM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 03:01 PM
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31. I don't think you understand the diff. between "gun show" and kitchen table...
I can sell you a gun over the kitchen table; no need for NICS (in fact, I couldn't access the system if I WANTED to).
I can sell you a gun over the table at a gun show; no need for NICS (in fact, I couldn't access the system if I WANTED to).

Gun shows are rent-a-halls. It could be a vacant lot, an auditorium, a convention center, a yard sale. But there seems to be an obsession with "gun shows" when they are only one of many fora where guns can be purchased from a non-dealer. I submit that the reason why crims, thugs, and goblins only purchase .08 percent of their guns from "gun shows," is because these places almost always have police (both uniformed and in plain clothes) who are looking for the above dregs of society; license plates, photos, tip-offs, etc., which make this forum particularly risky for a purchase. IMO, if you shut down gun shows (not going to happen), the few sales which are made there will go to other places.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_shows_in_the_United_St...

I believe the reason for a push to shut down gun shows, or regulate them out of existence, stems from more prosaic and traditional reasons which accompany any prohibition: To hide the thing or behavior, to render it illegal in some way, to de-legitimize the thing or behavior, to achieve SOME kind of victory no matter the effect, to not "celebrate" the prohibited thing. There is hardly a rational argument (at least in terms of resources, money, time, lost opportunity) for shutting down a forum accounting for .08% of illegal sales.

BTW, sales which occur at gun shows do not exempt the seller (you, me or any individual) from exercising diligent care about who we sell to; in other words, if the punk/thug if known to be a felon/mental incompetent, and you were to sell him/her a gun, and it was found out that you knowingly did this, you would be subject to arrest. That applies anywhere.

Thanks for the opportunity to discuss this.
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