I began attending gun shows in the early 70′s. Why?
As Willie Sutton said when asked why he robbed banks, “That’s where the money is.”
I like reading, I go to bookstores. I like guns, ergo…
The first gun show I attended was at Gerard High School in East Phoenix. Sadly, the school no longer exists.
The show was in the gymnasium, I believe.
Here we were, my gunnie friends and I, Open Carrying into a Catholic school. There were no checks to see if we were unloaded, or if the arms were tied-off with a nylon zip tie to ‘make it safe’.
The unspoken rule was one simply didn’t take the firearm from it’s holster, unless one was trying to sell it and was presenting it to a potential buyer.
These shows were NOT largely swap meets to buy and sell guns. It was a gun show! Hey, look at my collection, look what fine tools I have! Many had signs stating Not For Sale.
And, I don’t remember any crystal glassware, Beanie Babies or cheap sunglasses. It was a gun show.
How times have changed.
I’m anticipating going to the Crossroads of the West Gun Show in early December at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. Because of my various health issues, I’ve not been to any shows in three years.
They will make me clear and tie-off any firearms I take in – so, I usually don’t do that. It’s just easier.
But, the modern shows are very different from the old ones. FIVE (or more) large fair display buildings, with a tarp-covered area between them, ALL with gun show stuff!
Sadly, there will probably be some non-gun trinkets for sale. And, and least one nazi muffin selling nazi muffin crap.
But there will be many FFL dealers and private sellers, and Class III displays!
And maybe one or two actual collections.