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We've pretty well answered the OPs question. But he asked it in the open forum. Now we should ask him why he's comfortable even asking it. The reality of it all is most of us enjoy guy shows. Those of us who regularly attend have the same answer. We don't want to get shot by some idiot. You can't idiot proof a gun show. So we've pretty much concluded the best answer is to disarm the idiots, at least in public with a large number of people.

I guess there is a segment of the population that enjoys a few gun nuts a year getting shot. And it kind of uncomfortable to admit all of our friends and neighbors aren't capable of the trust required to carry. Most of us don't want some bureaucrat deciding which idiot shouldn't be allowed to carry. Just like we don't want them deciding who should and should not vote. So when someone asks why the rules have been made, he/she becomes a good candidate to not be allowed to carry or vote. Except the Constitution doesn't provide for that kind of scrutiny and disqualification.

You could reduce it to economics. Most of us won't go if others we don't know are allowed to carry. If you want gun shows to continue, and you make a rule that others can come in with loaded guns, you'll have to pay an admission charge up in the thousands. Just to cover the rental. And instead of a few hundred different vendors, you'd be lucky to find a dozen tables.


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Have you seen the people at gun shows? A large majority don't have two brain cells to rub together. The heck with a loaded gun ban you should be required to solve an algebra problem before you are allowed in.


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Couple of shows in the greater Pittsburgh area.
One has no prohibition regarding concealed carry. Others don't allow loaded guns.

My wife and I only attend one, we don't care to support any organization that states that we cant carry. Gun show, restaurant, store, etc...

How about a simple rule, you pull out your loaded gun - you get escorted out of the place and given a trespass warning not to return. You have an ND, you get charged with reckless endangerment.


The problem with that is if you get shot in the head some negligent asshole getting a trespassing charge might not feel sufficient. I like my idea better...no fucktards allowed.


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The problem with that is if you get shot in the head some negligent asshole getting a trespassing charge might not feel sufficient. I like my idea better...no fucktards allowed.


Do you mean no f-----ds or no f-----ds with loaded guns? Cause if it is the second, I've heard that before - every time a liberal anti-gunner speaks.

Again for me its simple, no carry allowed - no $ spent by me at that establishment. Be it a gun show, gun store, range, mall, theater, restaurant, etc....


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Here in NH, the major promoter allows one to carry...after it is unloaded. Sadly, we have had a few incidents. Fortunately, not a lot.

But I stopped going because the shows became the same overpriced items I can easily get cheaper in local shops.

As far as why they do it this way, no idea. Maybe insurance. Recently other shows have poped up and I have no idea how they deal with carrying loaded.


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The ones in my area are in the junior HS auditorium.


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Have you seen the people at gun shows? A large majority don't have two brain cells to rub together. The heck with a loaded gun ban you should be required to solve an algebra problem before you are allowed in.


^ I couldn't have said that any better..

When I look around at the crowds of the DFW gun shows, I'm more than happy all firearms are required to be unloaded..

I'm sure every one of you that have been to show have had someone point a muzzle in your direction at a table at one point in your life.

I'd dare say at least a third of those in attendance know nothing about firearm safety or firearms at all..


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The ones in my area are in the junior HS auditorium.
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I have not been to a gun show in approxmently ten plus years. Before that I attended shows on a regular basis in PA, Ohio, Virginia and NC. Can't recall an occurrence of a negligent firearm discharge while in attendance.
 
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Have you seen the people at gun shows? A large majority don't have two brain cells to rub together. The heck with a loaded gun ban you should be required to solve an algebra problem before you are allowed in.


^ I couldn't have said that any better..

When I look around at the crowds of the DFW gun shows, I'm more than happy all firearms are required to be unloaded..

I'm sure every one of you that have been to show have had someone point a muzzle in your direction at a table at one point in your life.

I'd dare say at least a third of those in attendance know nothing about firearm safety or firearms at all..


They usually don't know much about person hygiene or acceptable social behavior.


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Unless they have a metal detector I go in without notice as I carry in a very discreet manor. Most people don't know I'm armed even some of my friends. Chris
 
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Unless they have a metal detector I go in without notice as I carry in a very discreet manor. Most people don't know I'm armed even some of my friends. Chris
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Gun shows have changed a lot over the last 2 years. Anyone who hasn't gone in 10 has no idea what they're like.

We hear a lot of personal hygiene complaints. Some of those are valid. Worse is the lack of crowd skills. Having an idea where your big ass is before you move backwards would help. Some carry along their old deer rifle on a sling. It hangs out back like a travel trailer. Still better than the fools with bayonet affixed.

For a while our table was near a knife vendor. You think fools with guns get hurt, you've seen nothing until you see someone used to a dull knife start handling a sharp one. OK, I'm bad and its fun. In one incident, we even had a medical doctor right by us. At least he said he was. He advised the guy who cut himself to go to a hospital. That does sound like something a doctor (off duty) would say.


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