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Gun shows


A gun show is a temporary exhibition where firearms, accessories, ammunition and literature are displayed, bought, sold, traded and discussed. Most gun shows are sponsored by hunting or sporting organizations. Except in a few states, background checks and sales transaction records are not required for guns purchased at these events. This situation is often referred to as the “gun show loophole.” In some years there are as many as 5,000 gun shows, flea markets and other gun-related events occurring around our country. Large shows may accommodate 1,000 dealers and draw up to 15,000 law-abiding visitors. However, nearly half the time gun shows are investigated, felons are associated with buying or selling guns. Juveniles purchase at least 10% of the guns they use in crimes at gun shows or flea markets. Critics claim these events give felons, domestic abusers, the mentally ill and others easy access to firearms. They say these buyers would not be able to purchase firearms if they had to pass background checks.

Pending Legislation: H.R.167 - To prohibit the transfer of a firearm at a gun show by a person who is not a licensed dealer
Sponsor: Rep. Al Green (TX)
Status: House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security (Judiciary)
Chair: Rep. Karen Bass (CA)












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Poll Opening Date
July 19, 2021
Poll Closing Date
July 25, 2021


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